[NAFEX] Rootstock Information Gap

Dennis Norton 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.

Dennis Norton
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
http://www.royaloakfarmorchard.com
----- 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


>
> Hello,
>
> 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.
>
> Later,
> Tom
>
>
>
> 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, 
>> none
>> have worked well. The ones that do work were shortlived - less than 10 
>> years.
>> Apples and pears are another story, they work well. Most people that I 
>> have
>> talked to think that it is exact - a dwarf will produce a tree 6 to 8 
>> feet
>> 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 
>> is.
>> Sorry if I clouded the issue.
>> Ed  Mashburn
>> Central PA
>> Zone 5A
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