Re: Care to share your apple rootstock/scion grafting experiences?
Having grafted some trees (about 500 apple, pear, quence, sweet cherry).
I have to make a few comments here. Rootstocks play a major role in the size of a tree, they also affect disease resistance, fruit size, bearing age are a few other things.
Dwarf apple trees (that you graft) can bear fruit in 3-4 years, semi-dwarf 6-8 years, full size ? I've waited 10+ years and still haven't seen a fruit. For my money I like Bud 9 rootstocks the graft union can be brittle (the reason you have to stake dwarf or ultra dwarf apples) but the anchor well, fruit size with most cultivars is very good.
Get yourself a sharp knife even a utility knife with a new blade works if your hand is big enough to control it. Buy some parafilm to wrap you graft union with. Then learn how to make a Whip and Tongue graft. After you get good at that then you can try Chip Bud grafting. My sucess rate with w&t on apples is 94%, on pears 99% chip bud success is about 50%.
If you want the qualities from two differnt rootstocks look into interstem rootstocks.
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