> Just wanted to make sure I understand Doug Hind's comments on grafting.
> Doug are you saying that from your experiences, and studies that grafting is
> not necessary or desirable in most instances?
> I tend to agree with your sentiments, and rationale, but I'm no scientist and
> almost every commercial orchard seems to recommend grafting on disease
> resistant, vigorous root stock.
Why is it assumed that you get "disease resistant, vigorous" roots only with root
stock? And do you need to be a "scientist" to evaluate your own experience? I
say all you need is a belly button.
> If this does affect quality of fruit ,
> nutrition etc. that would be an important fact for me.
> Too much of our fruit is tasteless, and bland... grown for shipping quality,
> and shelf life, and often grown on grafted stock.
You're getting the appearance an a suggestion of the real thing, and not much
> Like to hear more on this from the experts. Until you brought this up I too
> would have followed common wisdom, and bought grafted stock! Now I'm not so
I strongly suggest you select seed from outstanding fruit and plant them. You
will never be sorry you did. If you want an idea of what you might get, let me
know what it is that you want to plant and I may be able to provide some
suggestions.Are you referring to "experts" with a vested interest in grafting
trees? (Or who may be embarrassed by having such a sacred cow brought into
question? That was the main reason why the instrumented studies weren't carried
out - it was all dumped in my lap. I was supposed to subsitute for instruments
for a lot longer than I wanted to, while a significant set of stats were
> Dwarf trees seem to have a number of advantages...as far as I know such can be
> grown only on grafted stock. Please educate me on this:) frank
So do dwarves (have a number of advantages - particularly in cities), for some
tasks. Would you recommend breeding or creating them?
If you really want to know more about seedling fruit, do it on you own. Look for
sources of good seedling fruit. (Too often, seedlings trees are volunteers that
came up by chance, rather than having been selected for thier desireable
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