[NAFEX] Pears and fireblight

Matt Demmon mdemmon at gmail.com
Thu Feb 10 16:03:01 EST 2011


I've ordered from Cummin's for two years now, and the service,
selection, and trees are all excellent. Definitely my favorite place
for grafted tree fruit. However, being a smaller place with a lot of
varieties, they sell out early of a lot of stuff, and I think they
concentrate on getting orders in enough in advance they can graft to
order, rather than having a lot of stuff on hand.

The patriarch of the Cummins family (Jim?) is the breeder of the
Geneva rootstocks for apples, so they have a lot of rootstock options,
including all of the Geneva rootstocks that are available.

-matt
z5 SE MI

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 3:17 PM, Deb S <debs913 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Michael
>
> I'm using Cummins this year for the first time to get some apple trees and a
> peach.  If that goes well, I may try a pear again :)  Thanks!
>
> The goats---better fences, which we are working on :)
>
> deb
>
> On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 2:11 PM, Michele Stanton <6ducks at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi Deb,
>> You might try Cummins nursery.  It sells a number of pears on good
>> fireblight resistant rootstock, with cultivars that are also good for
>> eastern conditions.
>> http://www.cumminsnursery.com/pearroot.htm
>>
>> Michele
>> P.S....  I have no clue what do with the goats:)
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
>> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Deb S
>> Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 8:53 AM
>> To: North American Fruit Explorers
>> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Identifying a pear
>>
>> Goats are one of my secrets for killing trees.  They got the Comice that
>> was
>> actually big enough to do something.  The others, well mostly they just
>> never grew!  Pears do grow here, I have a neighbor with three large trees
>> that produce most years (although last year fireblight really hurt his
>> trees).  He's not a fruit person--they were there when he got the place, so
>> no info on rootstock.
>>
>> Varieties I've tried--Ure, Warren, Comice, Atlantic, Magness and several
>> others I'd have to look up.  All the pears I've had have been from Raintree
>> Nursery--whatever their rootstock is, maybe I need to go somewhere else
>> (although I have many other Raintree trees that are doing great).
>>
>> I'll probably try pears again some day...or maybe graft some known
>> varieties
>> to my wild tree.
>>
>> deb
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM, Kieran &/or Donna
>> <holycow at frontiernet.net>wrote:
>>
>> > Deb,
>> >   Kieffers are russetted over green/yellow, and can be gritty, and if
>> they
>> > overcrop they can be small.  But if the fruit was round, apple shaped, it
>> > could be pure or at least nearly pure pyrifolia.  It could be a seedling
>> > tree.  I'd be very curious as to what varieties you tried to grow.  Maybe
>> > you just needed something a lot more blight resistant than what you
>> bought.
>> > Or I suppose you could be a bit too far north for calleryana rootstock,
>> and
>> > all those you planted happened to come on it.  Or you planted dwarf
>> trees,
>> > on quince, and they died from blight or apple borers.
>> >   Actually, I'm not sure I've managed to kill any pears yet, something I
>> > might need to be able to do someday in the future.  What's your secret?
>> > Donna
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