Starting an Apple Tree

mpljcApril 5, 2009

I have an Apple tree that is on our property line. It has the best apples - we make apple pies and cobblers from it each year. We pick a few and sit on the front porch to peel and eat them on a hot day - seems to make them taste even better.

Anywhoo, on to my original reason for posting. How could I start new trees from this tree? I will need very elementary steps - I would hate for this tree to die off in the next few years and not be able to get any of its awesome apples.


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Try the url below. Click Alabama, your county, etc. to find the phone number of the Auburn Cooperative Extension Services in your county. Give them a call. I would bet ACES can put you in touch with someone who can help you graft the apple you now have. You can probably buy a cheap apple tree, one of those wrapped in paper, at a local store and get it started as rootstock this year in a large pot. Then next year you can get someone to help you do the graft. Also, look at the propagation forum for ideas. You may be able to rot a cutting, especially if you start now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Auburn Cooperative Extension Agent

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 10:32PM
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it wouldnt' hurt to try air layering a few stems.
i think it might be a faster process than grafting.
the time is right for that method and you could perform this treatment on several areas just to increase your chances for success.
the instructions at the link below are easy to follow.

Here is a link that might be useful: air layering technique

    Bookmark   April 8, 2009 at 3:51PM
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