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Mark Darko
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:31 am    Post subject: Apple Tree in Container Reply with quote

I've been doing some research on growing apple trees and I think I have the idea, correct me if I'm wrong:

1. You need a rootstock with a classified growth size (eg M27, M9, M26)
2. Onto this you can graft a cutting from a tree that produces the kind of apple you want to produce.
3. You will also need to make sure that your tree is either self-fertilising or else have a suitable apple tree nearby that will will pollinate your tree.

Failing that, you can just buy a maiden from a nursery!

My question is this: Can you grow an M9 (dwarf) apple tree in a container? I know you can grow the smaller M27 in a container but I want something a little taller.

Thanks

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, you can grow an M9 in a container. The rub is that you will have to gradually pot on, each year, and will eventually end up with a very large container maybe 200 litres or more. Then there's the watering and feeding. You could end up with a healthy looking tree, but no apples. I'd put it in the ground (even if it's not your own) if you possibly can.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks tippben, much appreciated.

An apple tree without apples is like a monkey with no eyebrows, it looks pretty much the same but something just isnt quite right

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