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dwarf apples on M26 rootstock in Adelaide?

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Han starts with ...
Hi guys,

I have room for 4 dwarf apple trees. Does anyone know where I can get semi-dwarf apples on M26 stock in Adelaide?

Thanks.
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Pauline says...
Have you tried Perry's fruit and nut? They are in Maclaren Flat.
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Han says...
Hi Pauline,

Thanks for your reply.

Do you grow any apples on MM102 and M9?

I struggle a bit to choose between the two. I like the size of M9, but heard that it is susceptible to woolly aphids and have to be grown on good rich soil.
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kert says...
Dwarfing is another way to say "not very vigorous" M9 needs support and all root stocks that are not MM are woolly aphid susceptible.
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BJ says...
Kert,
Is that true?! Where would you suggest I look for more information?
At the moment my fruit trees are small, but as non-dwarfs I am planning to manage their size through pruning. I've a few more trees I'd like to get and was thinking of dwarfs - but I'd rather 'tough' with a requirement to prune than 'delicate'. (Alas, very delicate plants are unlikely to survive me!)
(I also thought it was the grafted plant and not the root stock that indicated susceptibility to critters such as aphids - so from a nerdy perspective I'd love to know how that works - do the roots produce all the sap?)
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Brad says...
There's excellent web info on apple rootstocks and pest / disease resistance. More than other tree types

generally dwarfs are less vigorous. For me a 4 m tree is better than a 10m tree. But if the max prune / espalier size fits your space you don't need a dwarf.

Although less vigourous some dwarfs fruit earlier (but eventually less)
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kert says...
Woolly aphid overwinters on the roots ,so it is the rootstock that determines resistance.Even so MM rootstocks are not entirely safe as I've found out. There's heaps of info on the net or there is Badger's Keep heritage apples that puts out a useful booklet in VIctoria.
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BJ says...
Wow,
Thanks for that Brad and Kert. This forum is a great place to get started on learning new things.
Ta
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Han says...
Hi guys,

Still on the topic of woolly aphids, I bought a barerooted Elberta peach from local hardware store and noticed a few white fluffy sticky spots attached to the roots. I thought they could be woolly aphids. I rubbed them off and gave the roots a quick rinse under the tap. Would this stop further infection next year?

I also dug in the potting mix coming with the tree into the soil, and now really regret it. Kert, you mentioned woolly aphids over winter on the roots. Do they also lay eggs at the same time? If so, do you think it is necessary to dig out the tree and disgard the soil aroud it and replant?

Thank you.

Han..
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kert says...
I have not heard of woolly aphid on peach . I have Elberta peach ,too. Woolly aphid lives on nearby apples and I have not experienced a problem on the peach. Best to leave things be.
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