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I know I am not the first to want to do this but I am not finding anything referring to what I want to do online.

Instead of getting a root stock plant (to dwarf/make more hardy etc) and instead of taking a cutting and getting it to root itself i was considering growing seeds from a mature mother tree (apple for example) and the strong ones that survive winter well I would use as rootstocks for wood from the mother.

Is there any reason NOT to do this? Does anyone here do it? My reasoning to try it is better genetic compatibility (maybe?), quicker time than growing out root stock cuttings, and stronger than just rooting some bud wood.

Any input welcome
 
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No reason at all not to try, as long as you're not married to the idea of specific traits from the rootstock. I'd be inclined to go a step further and leave at least one branch from each seedling, to see if any of them are as good as or better than the "mother" tree. If not, you can always prune that branch off.
 
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Ellendra Nauriel wrote:No reason at all not to try, as long as you're not married to the idea of specific traits from the rootstock. I'd be inclined to go a step further and leave at least one branch from each seedling, to see if any of them are as good as or better than the "mother" tree. If not, you can always prune that branch off.




good point, ones i keep i will, if im lucky i get great fruit
 
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