[NAFEX] Apples on Mini-Dwarf Interstems

Ed Fackler efackler at woh.rr.com
Thu Mar 23 12:15:40 EST 2006

I used various interstems in S. Indiana for 15 or 20 years including P22.
As an interstem it causes the base stock to sucker like crazy and is not
free standing (unless you prune trees the way Gene does).

My choice for a "runt" tree which is freestanding is M27.  However this one,
like P22 will cause the base stock to sucker excessively as will all super
dwarfing stocks (Bud 491 included).

Hope this helps.

ed, So. Ohio, spring is tryin' to arrive
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  Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2006 12:03 PM
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  Subject: [NAFEX] Apples on Mini-Dwarf Interstems

  I was on Gene Yale's wonderful Backyard Orchard site a few days ago and
was bitten by the bug to graft a couple of Mini-Dwarf apples for my yard.
I'm intrigued specifically with Poland 22 (P.22) and am wondering if anyone
on NAFEX has used this rootstock as an interstem.   I'd like to use it on
Antanovka rather than MM 111 but have no idea if a P.22 / Antanovka pairing
would pose any problems.

  If you've got any thoughts or feedback, I'd love to hear them.   I've sent
an e-mail to Gene as well.   It would also be great to hear what kind of
yield people have gotten with these Mini-Dwarfs and how many years it took
for them to fruit.   Thanks.

  Springs almost here!


  P.S.  If you've not seen Gene's site, it's quite wonderful:

  * * * * *

  John A Gasbarre
  Lamb Abbey Orchards
  Union, Maine  04862
  lambabbey at gmail.com
  44° 15' 47" N / 69° 18' 42" W
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