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Title: Orchard trees from cuttings
Post by: melville on July 07, 2014, 08:29:03 PM
So if I go to the nursery, all the apple trees they have are drarf or semi-dwarf.  The fruiting wood you want, grafted to a dwarfing rootstock.  We have a property that's just begging for a few standard apple trees in the front yard.  Can I take cuttings from the dwarf tree in our yard and would they become standard once they rooted and grew a bit?  Should I cut fruiting wood or suckers for the best result?

I'd like to do something similar with some old cider apple trees in my parents' yard.  Previous (19th century) owners of their house were the village cider makers.

Any knowledge you can share would be great.
Title: Re: Orchard trees from cuttings
Post by: CLAY on July 07, 2014, 10:22:38 PM
Your science seems correct, but I would just buy the trees from an online seller.  They are established better that way. 
Title: Re: Orchard trees from cuttings
Post by: Papa Lazarou on July 08, 2014, 03:24:25 AM
Your science seems correct, but I would just buy the trees from an online seller.  They are established better that way.

 :withstupid:

Don't get pot grown trees, get ones grown in the ground-they'll come with bare roots. Find a reputable nursery online.
Title: Re: Orchard trees from cuttings
Post by: Stormcrow on July 08, 2014, 06:58:15 AM
 :withstupid:
You may have a tough time getting cuttings to root properly.
Check out St. Lawrence Nurseries http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us (http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us) - they sell no dwarf or semi-dwarf stock. While it may not be viable for you to purchase from them and I see they no longer maintain their full catalog online, they have some good information on the website.
I've found them to be a good source for cold-hardy tree varieties one won't find anywhere else.