[NAFEX] Malian ranetka

Chris Garriss cgarriss at garriss.net
Sun Apr 24 19:28:56 EDT 2011


The ranetka I received from Bear Creek were of good size for grafting,
grafted exceptionally well & grew quite rapidly. I had essentially 100%
takes, and far less problems than with M111.  I'd had zero disease problems
and they grew well in different soils from heavy NC clays to lighter sandery
soil to very rocky fairly poor soil.  Were I not in my 60's, and I could
find them, I would likely still be grafting on it.

I've suggested that my younger brother,  who lives in Quebec, try it.  He
seems to have had a colder and longer than usual winter this year - and lost
a number of things.
On Apr 24, 2011 6:58 PM, "Sarah Kehler Ewing" <skkewing at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Apparently Malus ranetka are hard to find in Canada this year, but maybe
you will have luck buying them from Lawyer Nursery in Montana. A bunch of us
Canadians bought seeds/rootstock from them in years past and have been very
pleased with them.
>
> I have a question about them as rootstocks. A local friend of mine told me
that ranetka seem to grow their grafts faster than Siberian Crab (which is
the other locally popular full sized tree rs for apples). For him, grafts on
ranetka were the same size after 2 years as three year old grafts on
Siberian rootstock. Then I talked to a rootstock grower (Mosterman's in
B.C.) and she told me that ranetka rootstocks took longer to get to the
graftable size so maybe the reason grafts on ranetka grow faster is because
the rootstock is older/has more roots. So I'm wondering if the ranetka
rootstocks would keep up the rapid growth of the grafts or if they would
slow down to match the pace of the Siberian's once they 'caught up' to their
roots??? Anyone know what they look like in 10-15 years as compared to
Siberians?
>
> Not to discourage you from grafting onto ranetka, so far I've quite liked
them.
>
> Sarah
> zone 3
> Edmonton, AB
>
>
> --- On Sun, 4/24/11, Chris Garriss <cgarriss at garriss.net> wrote:
>
>> From: Chris Garriss <cgarriss at garriss.net>
>> Subject: [NAFEX] Malian ranetka
>> To: "Nafex" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>> Received: Sunday, April 24, 2011, 10:48 PM
>> Years (many years) ago I'd purchased
>> M. ranetka from Bear Creek Nursery.
>> Although where I planted did not require such a cold hardy
>> rootstock
>> (western Maryland & NC mountains), the people at Bear
>> Creek suggested I try
>> them - and gave me a good price.  They did far better
>> than I had expected.
>> Bear Creek has long since disappeared - I heard it had been
>> razed and the
>> property become some kind of campground.
>>
>> I'd like to find a source for a few (5 or so) ranetka, but
>> cannot readily
>> locate a source.   Any suggestions?
>>
>> Thanks.
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