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 New to apple cuttings 
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Post New to apple cuttings
I have an old apple tree on the property and would like a few more just like it. I have started about 50 cuttings using 4 different methods hoping that some will turn out. Am i correct the once they root and i let them grow they will bear the same fruit as the parent tree?
Also will the new trees be the same semi-dwarf size as the parent tree?


Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:40 am
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Post Re: New to apple cuttings
A few more :shock:

If you can get them to root, and grow, and there’s a source of pollen, they should produce identical apples.

Nearly all apple trees have been grafted to a specialized rootstock. Not only will that rootstock limit the size of the tree above, rootstocks have also been selected for their ability to withstand varying soil conditions and diseases. As is, your trees will have no limit as to their eventual size (beyond pruning) or any resistance to soil-born diseases.

I inherited a homestead on which my Great-uncle had grafted two ‘seedling’ apple tree shoots with a known productive variety. Both trees flourished for about 25 years, then slowly died from their roots up. Until that experience I’d suggested people ‘make’ their own trees using a cutting and a seedling. Not any more. It was a devastating waste to witness the demise of those trees, pruned to perfection and with no other problems. My suspicion is that oak root-rot fungus did them in…

My suggestion is to place your desired variety on a known rootstock. If you could purchase a rootstock ‘now,’ it would likely be easiest to Bud Graft your variety to it in a couple of months. …but I don’t know where you’d find that stock. You can also slip a ‘bud’ under the bark of a young existing tree on your place. Or you might order some rootstock from a ‘mail order nursery’ and graft some dormant wood to it next Spring…

Otherwise, if any of your cuttings take you will have a viable source of wood for the near future. But if you want manageable sized trees that can live a couple hundred years… you’ll need to graft them. I’m not sure where you’re located, but if you live around the Portland, Oregon area – you’re in luck – so do we :!: and each year put on a Spring program in which you could purchase rootstock and have your variety grafted to it for a nominal fee.

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Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:43 pm
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Post Re: New to apple cuttings
I urge you to try to attend the free budding workshop on the first Saturday of August. Details should be in the events section of this site. Also try to contact Tonia Lordy, manager of the arboretum, as she will likely have some rootstocks for sale at a minimal price. Her contacts should be able to be found on this site, as well as in your copy of the Pome News.
JohN S
PDX OR


Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:31 pm
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Post Re: New to apple cuttings
I forgot to mention that since apples and other fruits have a hormone dedicated to stopping cuttings from growing, they are very unlikely to survive. Not impossible. Quinces, figs, medlars, grapes, pomegranates, and other fruits are much more likely to survive.
This is in addition to what Viron was saying earlier.
John S
PDX OR


Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:34 pm
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