The gam­bles of grow­ing from a pip

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Q

When you grow an ap­ple tree from a pip, would the re­sult be a wild tree that needs to be grafted?

Ur­sula Riniker, via email

AWith an ap­ple pip, it may grow into a small tree with tasty fruits, but is more likely to grow large and un­ruly, or have sour-tast­ing fruits – there is no way of know­ing its even­tual char­ac­ter.

There is no way of know­ing how vig­or­ous the root­stock will be, ei­ther. There are prob­a­bly lots of un­named, or ‘wild’, ap­ple trees grown from planted pips or from the pips of fallen or dis­carded fruits.

How­ever, most ap­ple trees have been grafted us­ing se­lected stock to pro­duce su­pe­rior, more pro­duc­tive, trees to those raised from seed.

There­fore, when graft­ing, it is bet­ter to use care­fully se­lected ma­te­rial (root­stock and scion) that has a good track record.

Graft­ing is a great way to grow trees

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