I posted back in May about a backyard orchard project that was just getting off the ground, much like Gene Yale’s in Skokie. My partner and I are grafting and establishing a collection of heirloom fruit trees, with everything on either dwarf or super-dwarf rootstocks.
In mid-April, I grafted 80 apples on both G.41 and P.22 rootstocks. Once the grafts spent a few weeks in the root cellar, I lined them out in a little 9’ x 13’ bed and spaced them about 12" apart in each direction. Of the 80 grafts, 5 didn’t take so we’ve got 75 little trees now that seem to be doing fairly well. I lined-out a separate rootstock bed immediately adjacent with additional G.41 and P.22 that I’ll be chip-budding in August. In the photo below of this bed, the two rows on the right side with the lighter green leaves are the G.41; the rest are P…22. I believe there are about 175 rootstocks total here waiting for chip-budding.
Are any of you growing apples on either of these rootstocks? Which training system are you using for your trees? How’s it working for you? I’d love to hear the details. Our pears and apples will all be cordons that make up a number of beds of Super Spindle V-Trellising, with the cordons spaced just 27" apart.
I’ve attached a couple photos so any of you who may be curious can see how things look at this early stage. The grafts popped in mid-May and were planted a week later. They’ve now been in the ground about six weeks or so. The apple in the top photo is Ananas Reinette; the one immediately beneath it is Improved Ashmead’s Kernel. The two bottom photos of rootstock are specifically of the G.41, which we purchased from Treco.