Getting fruit tree starts from its branches

Asked November 23, 2020, 2:29 PM EST

I've ordered these little plastic balls that you can put on a tree branch after peeling the skin off in a section and within a short time is will help produce roots. You can then cut that section of branch off and plant it and it will grow. My question is if I put it on an italian plum or a gravenstein apple tree will the rooting tree be the same type or will it become a wild plum or wild apple?

Marion County Oregon

1 Response

What you are describing is called air layering and it is a way to induce root development on above-ground parts of a plant while it remains attached to the plant. Assuming roots are produced when the device is attached to branch, then the resulting plant, once detached, will be genetically identical to that branch.