Apples - DIY Interstem and Stool Bed
Without experience, I am going to try to graft my own apple interstems and create a couple of stool beds. I realize that there are easier methods to do this, but I am an admitted 'tinkerer'. In lieu of asking a bunch of questions, I will post what I plan to do with hopes that some of the experts could tell me any errors in my ways.
I like the idea of a very small tree with drought tolerant roots with no need for staking. I narrowed it down to Malling and Bud-- Geneva was left off for patent reasons. I ended up going with Bud 9/Bud 118.
In the coming weeks, I have 3 Bud 118's and 2 Bud 9's coming. Also a Golden Russet scion. All of the below will be in grow bags while I reclaim portions of my yard from bamboo and poor landscaping. Here is what I was going to try:
Plant 2 B118's to be actual roots of a future tree.
Plant 1 B118 as a stool bed.
Plant 1 B9 as a stool bed. 1 B9 left over. Hopefully, removing 12" off the top of the B9 will not kill it.
When leaves start to push, whip graft 12" or so of the B9s onto the B118s.
If the Golden Russet scion is close in size, I may try to graft it onto one of the B118/B9s. It is probably a long shot, but I read about someone doing both grafts at the same time with some success.
Ok, I lied. Here are some questions...
For my extra B118/B9, what is the best way to get my selected apple on top? I don't know if the people who sell scion wood would/could send buds in late summer. Should I just wait until spring '15 and do a whip graft?
If I can get the stool beds producing, what would you recommend for making them into interstem trees later? I saw a person on youtube who would bud graft the top variety onto a shoot from the stool bed while it was still attached (in it's first year). So, in my case, I could try this then whip graft the B9/WhateverApple scion onto the B118 (also in it's first year). I'm not sure if this is a really bad idea or not.
As I understand it, most interstem trees are done with bud grafting over a two year period. I was trying to see if I can do it more quickly. I expect total failure. Anything north of that is gravy.
Thank you for any help.