Propagation forum: Need help with how to do an apple cutting

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Name: Sequoia
Oakland, California (Zone 9b)
Feb 16, 2015 4:25 PM CST
Hello Everyone !
I have a piece of branch of new growth from an apple tree that has been growing in the park nearby for over 75 years. I have it in water for right now. I would love to make cuttings out of it and see what happens. Any tips or tricks? I have Rootone that I can use.
What is the best container and soil mix and how long until I know if it has taken root?
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Feb 16, 2015 11:27 PM CST
I always use the Forsythe Pot method...

One thing to keep in mind about apple trees is that the original tree growing in the park may have been grafted onto a root stock and your tree, once it takes root, could grow a lot taller/larger than the original.

Good luck!
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Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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Jun 7, 2015 11:42 PM CST
apples don't root well via cuttings. they are better off grafted onto another apple. air layering can be done but has low numbers as well. If you plant 100 apple cuttings maybe 5 will root but I'd be tempted to say 0. I personally have never seen anyone root an apple or pear via cuttings but have seen them both air layered and rootstocks are often mound layered to get more rootstocks. I have seen plums rooted via cuttings with low numbers but try it out it can't hurt anything and let us know how it works out.
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