Rooting Cuttings of Apples - Knowledgebase Question

Utterson, AL
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Question by jpeat
January 26, 1998
I realize that named varieties of apples are usually if not always grafted onto a different root stock, but could they also be started by rooting a cutting? If so, how?

Answer from NGA
January 26, 1998
The type of rootstock that apples are grafted onto determines the size (and sometimes vigor) of the tree. If you started an apple tree from a cutting, it would probably not give satisfactory results. Instead of creating a whole new tree, why not graft cuttings of your favorite apple trees onto an existing apple tree? You can use a number of techniques for grafting new branches onto established trees; there are books explaining the process in detail. One such reference is: The Complete Book of Plant Propagation by Graham Clarke and Alan Toogood, published by Ward Lock, Cavendish Books Inc., Unit 5, 801 West 1st St., N. Vancouver, B.C. Canada V7P 1PH ISBN# 0-7063-7079-1

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