Does anyone have experience with taking cuttings from apple trees?
My grandmother's very old (unidentified variety) apple tree is on its way out. My dad would desperately love to save it, but I think its about done for, the bark started peeling up and flaking off one side of the main trunk over the winter. I am hoping it has enough life left in it to get some cuttings from, won't really know until things start leafing out. I was hoping to be able to root cuttings, but I've Googled extensively and the only methods I can find mentioned of propagating fruit trees are by grafts. I don't even know where to begin to look for grafting stock, or if I should attempt this myself.
Thanks for the link to Raintree! I'll have to contact them later, after determining if there are any cuttings worth taking off the poor old thing. I see they even let you mail them the scion wood and they'll do the graft for you. I never even thought of calling the local orchard! Stupid me, I'll have to make a stop by there and see if anyone can lend me advice. I'd still like to try rooting cuttings, most of the grafting stock I see available is for creating dwarf trees, or ones that need support. I want to try to maintain the original look of this heirloom tree.