Best Roostock for Apples in NH - Knowledgebase Question

Bedford, NH
Question by szyjoe
November 11, 1997
What is the best rootstock for apples in New Hampshire? I have a 150' by 100' clearing on a hillside surrounded by mostly white pine and mixed hardwood. The area is on a gradual incline on a long northwest slope. This fall, I am digging holes where I can around old pine roots, big rocks etc. in what I expect is well draining poor to average soil on top of ledge.

I have a lot of deer in the neighborhood which could be a problem. I'd like to plant 18 fruit trees with 6 apple, 6 peach, 2plum, 2 pear, 2 cherry.




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Answer from NGA
November 11, 1997

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the soil surface; whether there is indeed enough soil for an orchard. Also, I would think about the deer problem--I planted 10 apple trees in my backyard last spring, and the deer have been nibbling all summer. I wonder what will happen when winter comes!

You might contact your Cooperative Extension office and see if the tree fruit specialist can help analyze your site and offer some suggestions. Your local office's phone number is 603/673-2510. You might also check out the group the North American Fruit Explorers--they have a publication called Pomona that is filled with interesting articles about various fruits. Their address is 1716 Apples Rd., Chapin, IL 62628.



the soil surface; whether there is indeed enough soil for an orchard. Also, I would think about the deer problem--I planted 10 apple trees in my backyard last spring, and the deer have been nibbling all summer. I wonder what will happen when winter comes!

You might contact your Cooperative Extension office and see if the tree fruit specialist can help analyze your site and offer some suggestions. Your local office's phone number is 1-877-398-4769. You might also check out the group the North American Fruit Explorers--they have a publication called Pomona that is filled with interesting articles about various fruits. Their address is 1716 Apples Rd., Chapin, IL 62628.



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