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Apples, Plums, Propogation
1. Can you suggest where I can source dwarfing stock for apples? On a small hectarage, size is important especially for some of the most recent varieties.
2. Is there a surefire way of getting plum tree cuttings to develop roots? I understand that the favoured way of propagation is by budding on to existing stock which presents problems for me and I really would like to know if rooting cuttings is viable.
Most nurseries of fruit trees would probably have some apples on dwarfing stock.
For this area, Canterbury, try: The Quality Tree Company. Linda Gardner will be happy to advise you and may well have what you want and some of the apple varieties that are resistant to, Black Spot. Contact on ph.03-3188950. She will also be able to advise on the plum question. In general it is the plum rootstock that can be grown from cuttings
[Myrobalan], but there are also newer dwarfing stock available that would be
worth considering. Plums on their own roots tend to grow very large hence the need for budding techniques.
Hope this will help.