[NAFEX] Pear rootstocks again
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Sat Oct 22 20:24:59 EDT 2005
Bartlett seedlings are cheaper than OHxF, and the rootstock is less
likely to get infected than the top much of the time. You'll get away
with a seedling rootstock a fair amount of the time, but not always.
Places where the stock might get winter injury, sunscald, or other
damage, followed by high fireblight pressure in the summer are the
places where seedling rootstocks will really get whacked. You might
plant the tree deep enough to encourage scion rooting, then it wouldn't
matter what the rootstock was.
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On Oct 22, 2005, at 12:43 PM, Richard MURPHY wrote:
Sure, if the rootstock croaks, the top goes with it.
What I don't get, then, is why some nurseries put blight resistant
pears like Blake's Pride and Potomac and Maxine on Bartlett seedling?
Why not use the OHxF stuff ??
Thoughts, anyone ??
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