for small gardens as a dwarf bush or trained against a wall. Because of
its lack of vigour, it should only be used where the soil is fertile and
never where there is any competition from grass or weeds.
M9 apple rootstock does not produce strong roots and whatever shape is grown, it
must be strongly supported by a stake - if not it will almost certainly be
blown over by winds.
big advantage of the M9 rootstock is that it will produce a crop of apples
much sooner than more vigorous rootstocks. However, the crop will be much
GardenAction recommend this rootstock? Not really - the tree needs careful
attention throughout it's life and will only only produce a moderate crop
of apples. If space is at a premium, we recommend the M26 rootstock - with
careful pruning twice a year it's size can be restricted to near M9
rootstock size without most of the 'care' requirements.