is something very satisfactory about growing
your own apples and a lot of fun selecting varieties
to suit your palate or culinary recipe. Bear
in mind that most varieties will require pollination
by another variety and you will need to check
that the selected varieties are compatible.
Of equal importance to the variety is the rootstock
it has been grafted onto. That information will
be available on the plant label and will dictate
the eventual size of the tree.
There are dwarf rootstocks such as M 27 that
will never become bigger than 3-4 ft high. Unfortunately
the tree will always need a stake and demands
a very fertile soil.
M9 will give you a reasonably dwarf tree and
is ideal for training the apple trees as cordons.
Final height 3 metres.
MM106 is fairly vigorous and tolerant of poor,
infertile soil. Where there is sufficient space
it will produce a strong bush or half-standard
tree. It may take 6-7 years before it produces
reasonable quantities of fruit.
MM111.Quite vigorous forming a tree 5-6 metres
high thus requiring a ladder for picking fruit.
Good as a standard tree but may not produce
fruit for 5 years.
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