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So here is my plan for some deer apple trees. I have a standard sized johnathan apple tree by the house (awesome apples). I plan on planting some of the seeds this spring. That should give me a standard sized rootstock correct? From there I will get scions from my large tree and graft them onto these rootstocks giving me more standard sized Johnathans. Correct?
I have planted some other varieties lately also and could use scions from them also.
I assume the same principle will work with pears?
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Don't know about grafting, but have started many fruit trees from seed. Put the seed in a paper towel, and store in your freezer until late winter/early spring. Then moisten the paper towel and place in the refrigerator in a plastic container. After a handful of days or so, voila, apple sprout. Place in a pot with soil and start nurturing. Sun in the day and inside at night until frost has passed.

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So here is my plan for some deer apple trees. I have a standard sized johnathan apple tree by the house (awesome apples). I plan on planting some of the seeds this spring. That should give me a standard sized rootstock correct? From there I will get scions from my large tree and graft them onto these rootstocks giving me more standard sized Johnathans. Correct?
I have planted some other varieties lately also and could use scions from them also.
I assume the same principle will work with pears?
I put apple seeds in the refrigerator on a plate between two damp paper towels. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. keep the towels moist but not wet and after a month or so the seeds will sprout. Then is when you plant them into pots.

You Tube has many videos on how to graft. This one worked for me.
Apple grafting

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I will get scions ..........so that's what that means .Toyota scion graff from ....?
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Ok.. Explain? Why is grafting needed?

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Ok.. Explain? Why is grafting needed?
Apples do not breed true to seed. In other words if you plant a Yellow Delicious apple seed you won't get a Yellow Delicious apple tree. You will probably get a "spitter" a small bitter apple,which may be fine for deer food but not one that you would want to eat. College's with apple breeding programs plant thousands of apple seeds a year in the hope of getting one tree that is worth growing for commercial use.
By grafting a one year old branch from a Yellow Delicious tree onto a "rootstock" you will have a tree identical to the tree you took the branch from.
There's nothing wrong with planting apple seeds for deer apples. I have several wild apple trees on my land that grew from seeds of old trees that early farmers planted and the deer clean them up as fast as they drop.

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