I am in the process of helping to organize a beginning grafting class. I would like some input on selecting the best rootstock. Here are some guidelines:
- Apple rootstock only - this is a beginning class and we will be focusing on apples only at this point. If we have enough interest, we may add more next year.
- Zone 5-6 compatible - I live in West Virginia and the weather can be brutal at times.
- Ability to handle clay or heavy soil
- Disease resistance is a plus but not a requirement.
Please let me know what rootstock you would recommend and the reason behind it. Please also list any rootstock you would avoid.
Any input is greatly appreciated.