Hello Everyone. My first post.
I live in an area in BC, Canada, that has old dying apple orchards.
These orchards have been abandoned and the forest is reclaiming the
land. At one time in the late 1800's our first pioneers settled in the
area, cleared land and planted these orchards. Some of these trees are
nearing 100 years old, most of them are nearly dead. I have decided to
recover some of these old trees, so last winter I collected scions from
a bunch of these trees, ordered M111 rootstock, that had to come up from
the United States, and grafted the scions to the rootstock. Out of 25
rootstock stems I had 15 grafts take. I had no idea if the scions I was
collecting were alive or dead as the tree conditions are terrible. Of
the 10 rootstock whip grafts that did not take, I bud grafted 7 of them
and have kept 3 rootstock ungrafted.
As to why am I doing this? I suppose sentimentality for keeping alive
the trees (clones) our ancestors based their lives and hopes on when
they first moved to this remote location. Beside that, the apples that
are still produced on these trees are absolutely delicious!
Now, after this long explanation here is my question. I can not get
M111 rootstock imported in the small quantities I require, which is why
I kept the 3 bare rootstock in hopes of being able to split the roots
and grow the rootstock myself. Can I do this? If yes, how do I split
the root, what time of year do I do this, how long does it take to grow
a 12" rootstock stem? I chose M111 for my climate here and the root
tolerates a tree in the semi-dwarf pruned condition for ease of
thanks for your patience and help in advance