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Greenmantle Nursery
3010 Ettersburg Road
Garberville CA 95542
(707) 986-7504

We offer the following options to our customers:

Standard: domestic apple seedling - 25 foot spacing

Semi-dwarf: MM111 - 16 foot spacing

Dwarf: MARK - 10 foot spacing. Free standing - medium to heavy soils

Dwarf M26 - 10 foot spacing. Requires staking - light sandy
soils only

Other rootstock choices may be available to our customers in multiples of 50 trees. For a more thorough discussion of rootstocks, please refer to the Greenmantle Catalog. Though currently out-of-print, The Handbook for Fruit Explorers by Ram Fishman also features a chapter on this subject....

In Praise of Standards

In the past few decades there has been a radical shift in the way fruit trees are grown. The old-fashioned orchard of large spreading trees is rapidly being replaced by densely planted, intensively managed rows on dwarfing rootstock. Dwarf trees, once the reliance of the home orchardist are becoming the backbone of the commercial industy. Agribusiness has begun to treat fruit trees like row crops - short term investments that yield maximum profits. We foresee a time when the grand old standards will become isolated relics of a less cost-efficient past.

This, we feel, would be a shame, and not just on sentimental or aesthetic grounds. Our years of fruit exploring in old homestead orchards have taught us to respect these venerable giants for their ability to endure. They have stood up to drought and storm, deer and porcupine, grasshoppers and borers. Though no human may come to harvest their fruit, these old standards continue to produce crops against a multitude of odds. Grafted on seedling rootstock, they partake of a health and vigor inherent in sexual reproduction.

It is our contention that these standard-sized trees still deserve a place of honor in the future orchard. It is these magnificently inconvenient specimens that are most likely to bear fruit for our great-grandchildren's generation. So please, where space permits, consider the merits of planting at least a few old-fashioned standard-sized trees. We should remember that a chief beauty of fruit is that it grows on TREES - real trees that form the foundation of a permanent and sustainable agriculture, that will even tolerate the vagaries of the human condition.

(From The Greenmantle Catalog © 1983)


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