[NAFEX] Mazzard (cherry) r/s hardiness/ New ultra hardy cherries released
BNikolai at shaw.ca
Thu Feb 16 22:17:34 EST 2006
Maheleb is far more common here, and Montmorency seems to do fine, but often
dies back in a tougher winter for us, when grafted onto it. I haven't heard
of anyone using Mazzard with sour cherries up here. Its all "Evans Cherry",
or more recently, the 5 new ones developed at the U of Saskatchewan, sold by
DNA Gardens (Dnagardens.com).
To me, the U of Saskatchewan cherries are the way to go in zones 2,3, or 4.
They have recently named their test selections, and grouped them into the
"Romance" series. I was VERY impressed with the fresh taste of two in
particular, ALMOST sweet cherry taste, and rock hardy to below -40C. Test
selection "Bob 7-21-31.0" has just been named "Juliette", and wow, is it
ever good! And test selection "Big Momma" has been named "Crimson Passion".
In terms of fresh taste, both far surpass Montmorency or Evans in my
opinion, and are significantly hardier, but I don't know about the
processing capabilities, as mine are too young to produce yet at my
experimental orchard. I understand some of these are virus indexed, and can
now be sold to the US. So if anyone is in a cold climate and wants to grow
great cherries, give them a shout and get some tissue cultured plants. No
rootstock required as the plants are tissue cultured, and are on their own
roots. So if the top gets eaten by a deer/mouse/moose, no worries, they
just resprout from the roots and soon you are off to the races again :)))
(and I'll try to hold the Edmonton wind from invading BC for you Derry. On
Sunday it was +12C here, and I played golf outside here in Edmonton for the
first time ever in February. If I went today at -28C ish, I'd really have
to employ "winter rules" :)
----- Original Message -----
From: "derry and bill" <wchase at interchange.ubc.ca>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2006 6:42 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Mazzard (cherry) r/s hardiness
What's the story with sour cherries on Mazzard?
(where we can feel that arctic wind coming from Edmonton! 4°C but with
wind chill it must be about -10°C)
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