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planting apple grafts

Posted by jwalker5666 6b, Virginia (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 7, 13 at 9:18

First time poster and apple grafter. Decided to try my hand at grafting this spring and ordered B9 root stock from Raintree and scionwood from N. Botner. Rootstock and scionwood was very mismatched size wise which led to my decision to graft from 12 inches to 18 inches high on the rootstock. Was fortunate in that all 13 of my grafts took but I am concerned about the height of the grafts. Can I plant the one year whips as deep as I want this fall or am I stuck with high grafts that will be more susceptible to burrs and more difficult to work with from an espalier standpoint. If interested the grafts are of Honey Cider, Spigold, Crimson Gold, Fuji, Kidds Orange Red, Mother, and a non patented variety from a gentleman in W. Virginia named W. Va. Sweet.
Thanks in advance for any advice!

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RE: planting apple grafts

do you have a pic you can post?

RE: planting apple grafts

At work right now so will try to get picture up later. The grafts themselves look great its just that I had to graft high to get the size of the scionwood to match well with the size of the rootstock. All grafts are growing vigorously and show at least 8 to 12 inches growth each. I am hoping that it would be okay to bury the B9 rootstock deeper than in current pots once I plant them out in the fall but will this choke the tree or will new roots form on the buried trunk of the B9 rootstock?

RE: planting apple grafts

On stock that young you shouldn't have any trouble getting it to throw roots when buried deep. I have buried several trees well below initial soil line to intentionally get the scion to root as well....a few of those on B-9.

It might slow it down a little for a year or two as it redevelops a shallower root system.

But if you don't want scion rooting why bother with dropping the graft height? Do you need branches that low for some reason?
Most grafts blend out nicely with a few years growth if aesthetics are driving your choice

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