New rootstocks.

JackTerp

5 year old buck +
Has anyone gotten any info on the new G.222 rootstock? I had it recommended to me because it has a very deep rooting tendency. That should make it more drought resistant for my area. I realize a lot of you live in zones 3 and 4 and are worried more about cold hardiness. I live on the border of 7B and 8. I worry more about drought and insects. As well as CAR.
 

chickenlittle

5 year old buck +
A google search will give you lots of links to research on Geneva rootstocks. In my order from Cummins for next year, I am getting a couple trees on G.222 and a few on G.890. The patents on these are pretty good reads. Here is the patent for G.222: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pdfs/US20130269070.pdf and here is the patent for G.890: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pdfs/USPP23327.pdf.
 

chickenlittle

5 year old buck +
According to this source, G.222 was tested under experimental names CG.4222, CG.5222 and CG.5202 (http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/47/5/536.short).

I also read about a mixup with commercial nurseries that spent a couple years propagating G.222 when they thought they had the more dwarfing G.214. One had 300K G.222 rootstocks with no customer for them at the time. (http://read.dmtmag.com/i/52389/18)

I have not spent much time going through the NC140 rootstock trials. This link gives background on their work http://www.fruitadvisor.info/ifta2013/WedPM/4-autio.pdf
 

JackTerp

5 year old buck +
Both the G.222 and the G.890 appear to be dwarf rootstocks. I don't think I want dwarfs. I prefer semi-dwarf.
 

greyphase

5 year old buck +
I grafted some G202 rootstock this spring. They are a dwarf rootstock, but these trees are for my home orchard. I have ordered from Cummins for next year some G969 rootstock. These are between a M7 & a M106 in size, so I'm thinking about a 15 foot tree ??? Resistant to fireblight, crown rot, wooly aphids and are a freestanding tree. Most of these will be planted near my house. Will still use B118 for my Back40 plantings where the bears are a factor. Here's a chart on the new Geneva rootstocks, but you may have already found this.
http://www.cctec.cornell.edu/plants/GENEVA-Apple-Rootstocks-Comparison-Chart-120911.pdf
 
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