Homegrown apple rootstock
I dug into my stooled rootstocks
this week to see if I had any cuttings to turn into new trees. I could
tell you lots of reasons why this was the right time to take a look
inside the mound. But the truth is that our earth had been snow-covered
for quite a while and I was antsy to get my fingers into the dirt.
mound #1 looked good from the outside. I'd hilled up the dirt pretty
high, and there were three good shoots sticking out the top. But when I
broke through the frozen ground to reach the interior, all I found was
one little cluster of roots --- not enough to keep the plant alive if I
severed it from the base.
Mound #2 is younger, but
is also a different variety. I bought an extra MM111 rootstock a little
less than two years ago specifically for rootstock reproduction. As with
the accidental rootstock, I cut back the primary shoot last spring,
then mounded up around the new branches
all through the summer. Digging into the stool now, I found two
passable rootstocks ready to be harvested for spring grafting. Success!
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