Ultra dwarf fuji apple

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Today while I was at home Depot I figured I'd wander through the plant area just for the hell of it. I happened to find a nice little bareroot apple tree for 18 dollars, and the best part, the graft is literally at soil level. So I potted it into a 7gl grow bag in 100% NAPA #8822 DE. Its not going to be anything but another stock tree for a while until the trunk bulks up and completely hides the graft then I'll probably airlayer the top off and have 2 ultra dwarf fuji apple bonsai.:) this is by far the best graft I've ever seen on nursery material nevertheless home depot, it's almost completely seemless. I can't wait to enjoy some apples this year :D even though I work at a nursery and eat fruit all year lol
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Nice. Well done graft.

the trunks is fairly straight, you have a lot of pruning, wiring and growing ahead of you, to create an interesting trunk. Given enough time, it can be done, I would be tempted to just plant it in the yard as a fruit tree.

by the way, if you air layer the Fuji apple off the understock, it will loose the dwarfing effect of the understock. The result will be a standard 'Fuji', capable of growing to 30 or 40 feet. For dwarf fruit trees, its the understock that does the dwarfing of the standard varieties.

but a fun project none the less. I have seen standard apples used for shohin trees. It can be done.
 
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Hey...nice score. I've heard of ones scaring a low laying graft to disquise it. I believe @MACH5 (Sergio) was said to have done an amazing job with one. (Maybe wrong on the member we shall see.) Might also be an option.
 

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I'm planning mainly on growing this one out for a few years to gain trunk girth, then decide if I'll chop it down and make a shohin or just go with how it is then. I do plan on cutting back hard each year. I'm excited to see if my "imperial" size collected apple will budd out soon.

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Nice. Well done graft.

the trunks is fairly straight, you have a lot of pruning, wiring and growing ahead of you, to create an interesting trunk. Given enough time, it can be done, I would be tempted to just plant it in the yard as a fruit tree.

by the way, if you air layer the Fuji apple off the understock, it will loose the dwarfing effect of the understock. The result will be a standard 'Fuji', capable of growing to 30 or 40 feet. For dwarf fruit trees, its the understock that does the dwarfing of the standard varieties.

but a fun project none the less. I have seen standard apples used for shohin trees. It can be done.
 

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The root cutting is doing well. It got a heavy pruning a month ago because of an aphid infestation I didn't feel like dealing with so I cut the fuckers off and threw them in the sun! It's already grown a foot. At the time of pruning, I also broke out the know cutters and trimmed the stumps top down to living tissue and used some cut paste. And wired it's 3 branches I've let grow. 20160702_063423.jpg
The mother tree is also doing well after the chop, it's grown a ton. Unfortunately there's was a usable branch that I broke one day when watering (who doesn't have one of those stories?). 20160702_073915.jpg
It's okay, I'll figure something out, I'm sure I'll gets lots of budds next year if I prune it back hard. I guess I'll see how thick the new leader is next spring.

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This thing forgot it was a dwarf, its grown over 3 feet! 20160821_072932.jpg
I slip potted the root cutting into a training pot a couple weeks back and it's doing well. 20160821_074007.jpg
The main tree had slight die back on the trunk so today I went and cleaned up the dead and sealed it up. 20160821_073215.jpg
And the cutting is healing. 20160821_074025.jpg
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Like I said...cool project. I meant to quote your earlier thread post of the root cutting not realizing it was a dwarf...or something of that nature. But again,cool project.
Thanks, it's been fun and is my only true apple project, I'd love to get a crab apple soon. I did end up selling the root cutting from last year, but here's this year's big one. 20170307_154817.jpg
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