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Joined: Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:46 pm
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Location: Northeastern California
Post Rootstock Sources
Hello,

I am new to the forum and had a quick question. I live in Northeastern California and have a variety of apple trees on my property. Three of them are grafts that I did about four years ago. I would like to do some more grafting, but my source for rootstock (Sonoma Antique Apple Nursery) has changed and I am having trouble finding a good source for small quantities. (5 - not 50)
I had planned to attend your scion exchange, but a good snowstorm quashed my attempt to travel up to Oregon.
Do you know of any good sources? I am in Zone 6 - great basin

Thanks!


Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:55 pm
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Location: Puyallup, WA
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Hartman's nursery in Puyallup WA has apple, pear, and plum rootstock. Will sell 1 at a time.

http://www.hartmannursery.com/rootstocks_available.htm


Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:33 pm
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Location: Yamhill County, Oregon
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Mellifera,

here are two of my favorites; One Green World in Oregon, and Raintree Nursery in Washington:

http://www.onegreenworld.com//advanced_ ... 0aa4c05aee

http://www.raintreenursery.com/catalog/ ... ttype=ROOT

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Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:13 am
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Location: Northeastern California
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Thank you for your responses! I looked up Rain Tree (just last week) and they didn't have their rootstock listed. They have them listed now. I wasn't familiar with either of the other sources.

What are the considerations with selecting rootstock, other than size and coldness tolerance? I have used both EMLA 111 and Bud 9 and a standard rootstock - but I see some others listed now. Any suggestions for high desert, great basin, Eastern Oregon type environment? Most of the sources listed mention that they are well suited to a Pacific Northwest orchard, which is a bit different than my local climate..

Thanks again!


Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:21 am
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Some rootstocks are intolerant of certain growing conditions, such as wet or dry soils.

Your drier conditions may be a good candidate for interstems if you want semidwarf trees. You could have a vigorous EMLA 111 rootstock with a Bud 9 interstem to control the tree size. Do an internet search for interstem rootstocks and see what you find.


Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:37 pm
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