propagate fruit trees from cuttings?? not grafts
Anyone have any experience with propagating fruit trees from softwood, semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings? I'm trying to understand the need for grafting if the cutting will root, then why not just let it root and have a new tree? I want full sized trees so I don't need a dwarf rootstock or anything like that. If I made cuttings from a named variety tree and rooted them, assuming I could, they would be that same named variety tree, right? Would they start producing fruit within 2-3 years, or once it reaches 4 feet or so like grafted trees do? It wouldn't be a seedling, so wouldn't go through the whole juvenile stage, right? Anyone who can clear this up, I'd SURE appreciate it!!!