[nafex] Recommended rootstock for sweet cherry (long-term)
scott at cs.jhu.edu
Thu Feb 16 22:18:11 EST 2012
Steve, the long-term problems I have seen on sweet cherries were not related to whether they were on Krymsk, Gisela, Colt, GM 61, Mahleb or Mazzard - I had them all in a row and I couldn't tell much difference.
All the roots were fine, the problem was the bacterial canker which killed several trees, leaf diseases due to the trees not liking the heat, pesky leaf-curling aphids, curculio, OFM, brown rot, splitting, and then birds taking what made it that far.
Your variety choices are good, Black and White Gold are two of my favorites.
Scott z7 MD
On Feb 16, 2012, at 9:46 PM, Steven Covacci wrote:
> I'm about to order a number of self-fertile, crack-resistant sweet cherries (White Gold, Benton, Black Gold). My soil is moist, so drought is not a concern; neither is flooding. I want them on dwarfing rootstocks, but I'm concerned for the long-term results.
> Firstly, I think that Krymsk will succumb to virus. As for Gisela, I'm going that trees on Gisela-6 will last a life time, and not runt-out. Maybe for the first years, I'll take the garden hose and spray the spring blossoms to prevent over-bearing as the rootsystems establish. It is said that once growth stops (i.e. due to over-bearing, etc.), growth may not again resume; also, that over-cropping will leave the tree low on carbohydrates reserved for winter-survival.
> If Gisela is too much of a risk, maybe I should go with the traditional colt, mazzard, or other rootstock and prepare to climb the tree and keep it pruned to 18'?
> Or should I chance the Gisela-6 solution?
> Thank you,
> Steve; NJ
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