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What height will m26 apple tree grow to?


 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 1:05 pm    Post subject: What height will m26 apple tree grow to? Reply with quote

Hi, I'm new to gardening, so apologies in advance for my stupid questions Smile

I've been looking for a small apple tree, and haven't come across a self fertile variety. I probably just about have room for two. I looked in two different garden centres yesterday, at apple trees on m26 root stock. In one garden centre the tag on the tree said that it would grow to a max of 11-13ft, and the same type of apple on the same rootstock in the other garden centre, said max height of 9ft.

Is one wrong? They were both James Grieve and Katy apple trees, and as I said, the same rootstock. Is it possible that they can grow to different heights from the two different places? Does anyone know what height I could actually expect from a rootstock of m26 or is it hard to tell? I may have to rethink if it could get to 13ft!!

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: What height will m26 apple tree grow to? Reply with quote

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Does anyone know what height I could actually expect from a rootstock of m26 or is it hard to tell?


M26 are usually 10 to 12 foot in height (and spread) eventually.
Looks like you might be able to cope with it. Wink

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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your help James.

One I could handle at that height, but not two I'm afraid Sad . Do I have to have two trees of the same size for pollination? Is there any chance that I could get one at that height and get one of those dwarf trees in a pot as the second?
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are in an area where other people less than half mile away grow apple trees then the chances are good that the bees will do the pollination for you, some of the crab apples also can act as pollinators.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael. Although I can't say for certain, I'd wager a bet that there are no apple trees nearby! I live near the city, in an estate and I know that no-one around me has any type of tree growing. There are quite a number of trees growing around the area, but I'm fairly sure none are apples. That's why I was hoping I'd be able to get a dwarf/potted tree as the second apple tree.
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