[NAFEX] Can Low-Chill Rootstock Affect Grafted Bits?
spidra at gmail.com
Mon Sep 20 05:14:20 EDT 2010
I rather stupidly bought 'Gravenstein' (a favorite) before checking into how
many chill hours it requires. As I have moved from Berkeley to South
Pasadena, CA, I fear this area won't get enough chill to set fruit most
years. My favorite apples are Yellow Newton Pippin and Gravenstein. I like a
lot of tart with my sweet. I'm assuming apples like 'Anna' and 'Dorsett
Golden' don't really have this taste. However, if I grafted scions onto a
low-chill apple rootstock, would they set fruit?
I guess another question would regard chill cheating. Does the tree depend
on the air chill being that cold or is it enough to put a bunch of ice on
the ground near the trunk and try to give it a little local chill that way?
South Pasadena, CA USDA Zone 9
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