[NAFEX] Rootstock Information Gap
dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Wed Mar 15 12:34:10 EST 2006
I would not recommend this technique on the newer dwarfing rootstocks, such
as Bud 9. The very nature of Bud 9 is slow growth which we can attest to.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Olenio" <tolenio at sentex.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 8:45 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Rootstock Information Gap
> What if you adopt an old dwarfing technique...
> Dig an extra large planting hole. At the bottom on the hole place a
> large, flat paving stone, then plant your tree over the paving stone.
> Every year do a root pruning going straight down to the paving stone, all
> the way around the tree.
> This reduces tree vigor, and dwarfs the tree.
> If you fail to do the annual root pruning it will return to normal vigor
> and size.
> On Wed, 15 Mar 2006 09:40:19 -0500, <Ribes60 at aol.com> wrote:
>> Sherwin, I did not intend to cloud the issue about dwarfing rootstocks. I
>> have tried several methods and a number of rootstocks to dwarf peaches,
>> have worked well. The ones that do work were shortlived - less than 10
>> Apples and pears are another story, they work well. Most people that I
>> talked to think that it is exact - a dwarf will produce a tree 6 to 8
>> etc. and that just is not always true. My beef and I think it is the
>> same as
>> yours, is that most mail order houses do not indicate what the rootstock
>> Sorry if I clouded the issue.
>> Ed Mashburn
>> Central PA
>> Zone 5A
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