Layering Apple Trees
Why are apple trees propagated by grafting scions onto rootstock, when the rootstock itself is propagated by layering? Isn't it adding a step to do the grafting? Why not just layer the tree the scions are taken from and plant whole seedlings? Is it really worth it to get the properties the rootstock provides? I'm sure there's a reason it's done this way; just wondering if someone knew why. Thanks!