Rootstock propagation - what should I do this year?

sam_ny(5)March 22, 2013

Last year I bench grafted a bunch of apple and pear scions onto rootstock and planted them in a garden bed. Most grafts succeeded, but a few failed (but the rootstock is still living). I wasn't going to graft any more this year, so I thought I'd try to propagate one apple and one pear stock for future grafting.

Right now the two in question are in the garden bed. when I saw they had failed, I stopped pinching off growth from the buds on the rootstock, so they both have little shoots coming up.

What should I do this year?

Some guides I've seen have you cut off the growth at the base and then mound soil/sawdust/peat over the stock. Is that the right step for this year? Any tips?

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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

Sam,

Look at the Stooling rootstock video in the link. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Stooling rootstocks

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 5:40PM
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windfall_rob(vt4)

I think you need a established tree to stool it effectively. you want plenty of vigor and stored energy to send up numerous strong shoots when you cut it back and mound it..... In which case just let it grow and establish this year.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 6:31PM
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