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G.969 Apple Rootstock (Spring 2023)


An excellent choice for a free-standing, disease-resistant tree of M.7 size.. Also known as Geneva 969.

G.969 is resistant to fireblight, collar rot, and woolly apple aphid. This stock should be considered by those who are growing apples for processing; it makes a free-standing tree between the size of M.26 and M.7, it is very productive, and it has good cold hardiness. Burr knots and suckering are minimal. G.969, G.935, and G.814 all appear to reduce biennialism in Honeycrisp and are considered the best stocks for such weak-growing cultivars.

For high-density plantings of weak-growing cultivars, Cornell recommends 3-3.5' x 11-12' (1320-1037 trees/acre) and for vigorous cultivars 3.5-4 x 12-13' (1037-839 trees/acre). If processing growers are willing to plant at 4-5' in row spacings and 14' between rows, G.969 is recommended. This stock is free standing, but will require a trellis to support heavy early crops.

G.969 came out of the Geneva, NY breeding program and the work of my father, Dr. Jim Cummins. It is derived from a 1976 cross of Ottawa 3 and Robusta 5.

Volume Pricing

Premiums are included in the following prices if applicable. All rootstocks are roughly 1/4" diameter, approximately pencil-size.

Quantity G.969 Apple Rootstock
1-24 $4.35
25-99 $3.85
100-299 $3.25
300+ $2.95

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G.969 is resistant to fireblight, collar rot, and woolly apple aphid. This stock should be considered by those who are growing apples for processing; it makes a free-standing tree between the size of M.26 and M.7, it is very productive, and it has good cold hardiness. Burr knots and suckering are minimal. G.969, G.935, and G.814 all appear to reduce biennialism in Honeycrisp and are considered the best stocks for such weak-growing cultivars.

For high-density plantings of weak-growing cultivars, Cornell recommends 3-3.5' x 11-12' (1320-1037 trees/acre) and for vigorous cultivars 3.5-4 x 12-13' (1037-839 trees/acre). If processing growers are willing to plant at 4-5' in row spacings and 14' between rows, G.969 is recommended. This stock is free standing, but will require a trellis to support heavy early crops.

G.969 came out of the Geneva, NY breeding program and the work of my father, Dr. Jim Cummins. It is derived from a 1976 cross of Ottawa 3 and Robusta 5.



Rootstock Details

Category: apple

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock size class: Semi-Dwarf (45% of Standard)
Tree spacing: See details
Good for wildlife planting?

Properties

Precocious: Y
Anchorage: excellent
Burr Knots: N
Suckering: N
Virus: N
Brittleness: N
Ease of Grafting: Y

Diseases & Pests

Fireblight: Very Resistant
Phytophthora (Collar Rot, Crown Rot, Root Rot): Resistant
Replant Disease: Resistant
Woolly Apple Aphid: Very Resistant






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