Maple River Farm
What fruit tree varieties are on the top of your list for wildlife plantings and why? For instance apple , pear , plum ect. and what variety of that type of tree. Also what type of rootstock are they on.
I was looking at ordering 100 or so B118 root stock next spring .For apples I like b118 and anatova rootstocks though I have a few m111 and 1 m106. As far as varieties I like Arkansas black, mammoth blacktwig, Winesap, Dayton, gala, Yates, and horse to name a few.
Rootstock use for pears has been ornamental pears grown from seed an ohxf97. Happy with harrow delight and have Tyson growing, planted many keiffers and Ayers and at least two moonglow and all have done well. Planted nearly every pear the wildlife group sells this past Dec., And grafted Warren and seckel this year.
B118 for sandy soil and M111 for heavier soils. Redfree, Liberty, Galarina, Chestnut crab, Dolgo crab, Enterprise and Arkansas Black just depends on when you want your apple to ripen. Pears Kieffer, Luscious, Sunrise, Nova, and Parker.I was looking at ordering 100 or so B118 root stock next spring .
Working on a small nursery along with a small orchard . I am surprised dolgo has ben mentioned a couple of times already. I have grown it for years on my place but never seen anyone else grow it around here. It always has a certain % of apples that hang on into winter even though the majority drop late summer.B118 is a good rootstock especially in sandy soils, but 100 would be more then I could handle at one time lol.
Dogdoc if you were concerned about the type of Apple you may get on those seedlings you could let them grow to about 7 feet then top graft them, you would have a knon variety on top with the seedling Apple variety underneath, then if it ends up being something you like graft it to a tree by itself.