Cuttings from fruit trees are difficult to grow successfully without grafting and will not benefit from the rootstock qualities of the original tree. Take pencil-thick or smaller cuttings 4 to 8 inches long just below a node in early spring as leaves emerge. Score an X on the bottom, dust with rooting hormone and insert into moist potting soil. Do not let the soil dry out.
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