[NAFEX] apple grafting beginner question
debs at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 6 12:40:25 EST 2005
I've discovered a very intriguing apple tree on the parkway of a small town nearby. It is a large tree, very full, round shape that sets tons of medium-small apples every year. The apples start yellow green, then turn red. We tasted them when yellow and they were edible, sweet-tart. Did not get back to try them later, but I noticed today that many, many apples are still hanging on the tree, even though we've had weeks of hard freeze. It must be a self-fertile variety, as I've seen no other apple trees nearby. I'm not sure how to describe the tree well enough to discover what variety it might be...any ideas on what I should look for to try to figure this out?
I would like to get this tree in my own little orchard, but know virtually nothing about how to go about it. I don't really want to put it on my one apple tree (a Queen Cox that is just two years old). Can I get a rootstock somewhere? How does one go about picking a rootstock? When is the best time to take a cutting (cuttings?) and what is there a "best method" for a beginner to use to graft successfully? I'd appreciate advice, pointers, suggestions of good (VERY straightforward, beginner) books.
Thanks as always for all the great help and advice!
Glouster, OH (zone 5 or 6 depending on the map ;)
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