Bonnie Blue Farms is working on using Southern Crabapple (Malus angustifolia) as an apple rootstock for the south. There has been very little available research conducted on grafting to this crabapple yet they are so common throughout the southeast, particularly the Gulf South. Malus angustifolia is a natural choice for those looking for a more native and natural rootstock for apples grown in the south and southeast.
Here are the major trials being carried out by Bonnie Blue Farms with Malus angustifolia.
Can it be used as a rootstock for apples?Completed 2015.
Will the scion produce fruit?
Will it show latent grafting issues?
Can it be cross pollinated with Malus domestica (apples)?
Here are some additional resources on Malus angustifolia
Grafting Apples in Early Winter-Most information and research that has been conducted on fruit cultivation has come from a focus of cold temperate climates primarily the US Northwest, Northeast, and Europe. As a result, almost every bit of information you will read on cultivation comes from these foundations and the researchers who live in those climates. Working with nature tells us ... Read more...
Results from Grafting Malus angustifolia as an Apple Roostock-The preliminary results for grafting Malus angustifolia (southern crabapple) with apples appear conclusive. Apple scion was grafted on February 5th of 2015 and took off with amazing growth which mostly skipped the young tender leaves period and went straight to deep green mature growth. The majority of the grafts were conducted on small seedlings approximately 2 years in age. The grafts ... Read more...
Propagating Malus angustifolia Southern Crabapple-Propagating Malus angustifolia is just like any other apple. Collect it after it falls on the ground and its as ripe as it’ll get (rotting is fine too). Take the seeds out, put them in a moist paper towel and put them in the fridge. It’s really that simple. After a few months (not long really), ... Read more...