Three-year-old espaliered apples
Those of you considering
variety and rootstock selection for apples might get a kick out of some
numbers from our three-year-old apple espaliers. These trees were all
grafted by me in April 2014, then they
were set out into their forever homes that fall. Here's the data:
Based on this data, I
suspect that M7 rootstock isn't quite cold hardy enough for our farm,
at least not if I plant up against the hillside where very little
winter sun hits. On the other hand, I wouldn't be surprised if the M7
Winesap is an early bloomer because of its rootstock (as opposed to the
Early Harvest, which is noted for precocious bearing).
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