Don't underestimate the potential for starting your own trees, either. If you want a particular named variety, I believe a lot of people on here have had good success with planting seeds for the root stock and then grafting scion wood onto the established plants. Scion wood can be much cheaper than whole trees, and if you have one established tree you can harvest scion wood from that. You might even know someone who can offer you prunings off their existing trees. You might even be able to start trees on their own roots by rooting cuttings.
If you take some time to walk around your local businesses and parks you would probably be amazed how many fruit and nut trees are used as ornamentals. If you can get starts from these, they can be another good source. In own area I know where figs, pears, pomegranates, loquats, kumquats, pecans, and peaches grow. I'm not sure about the pecans, but every other one of these is a good candidate for rooting cuttings. I probably wouldn't bother with the peaches, because they grow well from seed.
I've found that my semi-dwarfs after a few years tend to give me sprouts from the roots, which I dig down carefully and cut off. Replanting them elsewhere give me a clone of the original rootstock. Once your trees reach a little size, your prunings in early spring can give you all the scion wood you want.
Scion wood is available several places online. A few I see are, http://waldenheightsnursery.com/store/scionwood-seed , http://www.maplevalleyorchards.com/Pages/ScionWood.aspx , http://www.masonvilleorchard.com/scionwood.htm They tend to run about $3.00 each, but a single stick of scion wood will often serve for 2 or 3 grafts. You can also get some scionwood from neighbors if they have a tree you like and they don't mind you cutting a few twigs.
I haven't used any of these sources for scion wood, but I've grafted before and it was really easy and all of mine survived. If it doesn't make it, that's $4-5 bucks on an experiment. Most of them will make it. You Tube it. Make sure you have good contact between the cambium layers and immobilize it and tape it with the wax tape to prevent drying out. The only real problem I can foresee is if you wait too late in the year. You want to graft them before they start budding out.
There is also T budding and chip budding, which I understand can be done later spring or summer, but I've never done that.
The one thing I would comment on is don't get rushed and dig a tiny hole and stick the tree in with mainly just dirt. It's way better long tern to dig a bigger hole and really give it something richer to start it out on. It'll grow much faster!
Kyrt Ryder wrote:Start sowing seeds of the species you want. ASAP
Learn plant propagation [rooting cuttings, layering, grafting, etc etc etc.]
Start looking for trees that interest you in your community and acquire permission to propagate clones of them.
Yep with this as your how to/go to: The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture
City does the same, this year they had $17 Zestar apples (5-6 foot tall) which were sold out while I still was deliberating, and I wouldn't have learned about it if I didn't get on the city forester's mailing list.
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