Re: Can I use shoots from dead apple tree for root stock
Wow, thirty below
I’ve never experienced that
One problem with the loss of the tree is that it’s ‘not there’ to feed the root system, so most of those roots will die. If you let it send up shoots, those shoots will at least help feed some energy back into the root system…
I’d let them grow this year, then choose the best couple shoots to graft onto next March. You may be able to ‘Bud graft’ to a ‘stocky one’ later this summer, but with that kind of cold, I doubt the newly grafted bud would survive the winter. You’d be safer placing some stored scion wood on top next spring.
We’ve a local commercial nursery near me (Carlton Plants
) that specializes in apple trees for South Dakota
. Once having given a tour to our HOS
group the employee had to laugh at the fact we’d never heard of the apple varieties they were growing – because they were all ‘cold hardy’ varieties for the Northern States. So I guess it makes a difference.
Have neighbors also lost trees; what variety was yours; and any idea how old it was?