Rootstock Overview



A bud of a desired varierty budded or grafted into a rootstock


The rootstock determines the size of the tree, vigor and the type of soil conditions it can handle. 

All our fruit trees (scions)
are propagated onto rootstocks



What is a rootstock?

A rootstock is a plant with an established healthy root system. Rootstocks provide the root system for the chosen scion variety.

Why use a rootstock?

A rootstock is carefully bred and chosen for a combination of known desirable attributes, such as adaptation to soils or climate, disease and pest resistance, control of the tree size, and high fruit productivity. Most rootstocks are clonally produced but some are still seedlings from a narrow genetic base.

How do you choose a rootstock for your orchard?

The pieces must fit together for success.
The choice of the rootstock is one of the key decisions in establishing your orchard and achieving superior tree performance.

A successful orchard system is the result of a designed integration of a group of component parts. The components include the rootstock, tree density, tree arrangement, tree quality, support system, pruning and training management techniques.

The component pieces must be selected carefully for an orchard system to be functional and profitable. For each component, the orchardist must choose among several options. Choices will be influenced by a number of mixed factors, including the site, the variety and yield, and fruit quality requirements (see right). Each component must be fully compatible with the other components. The major task in selecting a new orchard management system, like trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle, is fitting the component pieces together properly.


"Orchard System Puzzle" Compliments of: 

Good Fruit Grower "Intensive Orchard Management" Bruce H. Barritt