Effect of microinterstocks on growth and fruiting of Melrose apple trees
Władysław Poniedziałek, Stanisław Porębski
Department of Pomology
29 Listopada 54, 31-425 Kraków, Poland
In the period 1992-1995 an orchard experiment was carried out with the aim
to stopping the growth of 5-year-old Melrose apple trees and induce their
early bearing. Melrose bark in normal, inverted, and horizontal positions
was grafted on the trunks of the investigated trees. As a result of this
grafting a small interstock was developed which may be called a
Microinterstocks showed a tendency to decrease the size of the fruit trees and increase their yield.
This tendency also significantly increased the crop efficiency index. No
trees died during the experiment. Microinterstocks may offer a means of using
non-chemical methods of fruit tree dwarfing in the orchard.
Poniedziałek W., Porębski S., 1997. Effect of microinterstocks on growth and fruiting
of Melrose apple trees. Folia Horticulturae 9/1: 97-104.