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I know that dwarf apple trees have weak root systems and it's recommended that you stake them. Does this apply to brand-new grafts? I have made several whip-and-tongue grafts from purchased dwarf rootstocks (some Geneva 11 and some Bud.9) and potted the new trees, which are about 1 foot tall right now. Do they need a stake to hold them straight, or can that wait until they're a couple years more mature and ready to plant in the orchard?

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  • Commercial dwarf and standard apple trees both have very strong root systems due to grafting onto super hardy root stocks known as M9 and M26. Stake as per Rohit. Apr 3 at 3:49
  • @Ecnerwal I used some of both Bud.9 and Geneva.11.
    – workerjoe
    Apr 3 at 12:34
  • Bud9 is a brittle one, Geneva11 less so.
    – Ecnerwal
    Apr 3 at 12:40

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It depends on the tree itself. However, any young tree (as distinct from a bush) can probably benefit with staking. As soon as it's tall and spindly, then stake it.

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  • Ok, but not necessarily immediately after bench grafting?
    – workerjoe
    Apr 3 at 12:35

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