Back in June, I posted about growing our apple rootstock and closed the post by saying that I hoped that I was on the right track. One of our fall activities is to put rodent guards around young trees to protect them from voles and mice. If they girdle the tree, it will die.
When I was putting a guard on one of the M7 rootstocks, I noticed what I thought was a root. So I carefully pulled back the earth to find that two of the shoots around the main stem had roots.
And in the part of the bed where the rootstock had been trench layered …….
……….. roots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That makes 4 new rootstocks and the other rootstock that I didn’t check will probably have some new rootstock as well. And if I can lay my hands on some pear and plum rootstock and produce my own…….
Oh, the possibilities!