Excellent quality seedlings abound in Montezuma County’s remnant orchards and historic fence lines. MORP takes seriously any recommendation of a seedling worthy of a name that is introduced to us by Monica Noland – who shares our passion for our heritage apples, local history, legend, and lore. Noland’s Winter Honey apple and her Apple Cottage Cookbook are rare gifts truly worthy having copies of.
Choose rootstock type depending on availability:
Malus domestica Standard sized seedling rootstock. This is what trees were historically grafted on. These will be large trees that will grow for a century or more due to their cold hardiness and drought tolerance. Plant 25 feet or more apart.
M111 Semi Dwarf rootstock. 3/4 size of standard. A good compromise if you want a slightly smaller tree. Plant 15 feet or more apart.
M7 Semi Dwarf, Smaller than M111. Probably not as long lived, but produces sooner. Longer lived than M26. Plant 12 feet or more apart.
M26 Dwarf, Short lived (a few decades), fast producing, needs staked, not drought tolerant or as cold hardy, plant as close to 1-2 feet apart.