Rooting apple softwood cutting IMPORTANT

Edlyn12June 26, 2014

I was wondering if I can grow an apple tree from a softwood cutting by doing the following procedure,

Cut a softwood branch cleanly with a sharp secateurs
Remove bottom leaves
Plant in moist compost
Water in
Place bag ober the cutting with sticks to stop touching the leaves.

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

No harm in trying but not likely to get a high success rate. Apples are usually propagated by grafting.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 1:22PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I would imagine you would need some sort of mist system...

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 2:59PM
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bwaynef(z7 SC)

I planted 4 Crabapple 'Mary Potter' cuttings dipped in rootone-like powder in a 4" pot w/ perlite and put it in my greenhouse and watered along with my other plants. I've still got 3 of them and this was 8+ weeks ago.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 11:42AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Different apple cultivars vary considerably in their ability to root from cuttings. Some cultivars are fairly easy, some are reported to be impossible, many others fall somewhere in between. Just because one type roots easily or doesn't root at all, shouldn't lead you to believe that other cultivars will act similarly.

Also, you might get better results with a more well-draining medium. You don't want to allow the growing medium to retain too much moisture down at lower levels.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 10:28PM
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