[nafex] nova, ussuriensis, blight
pinewoodel at hotmail.com
Tue May 22 10:48:29 EDT 2001
The graft I was most pleased with last year was a nova pear I'd grafted to
pyrus ussuriensis. Graft at ground level, grew 3'. The other pears grew
about a foot. They are starting to leaf out ok, some a full leaf already.
I'm thinking the 3 footer got done in by its own vitality and got
fireblight. I can only surmise, the whip isn't black but the bud areas are
dark and the whole whip has a darker cast. It's leafing out only just above
the graft. I'm undecided just where to cut this, or to wait awhile. If I
prune 10" below the suspected blight I'll have to go underground!
All the ussuriensis I had that were ungrafted got what I figure is
fireblight last year to the top foot of 3 foot plants. Is it normally a
blight problem specie? Between the blight and the possible delayed
incompatability I wonder if I should dump all 50 and get a less cold hardy
rootstock that's blight resistant.
Mn. Del Z2/3 , where we just in time caught a huge snapper crawling toward
our new swimmng hole, it was bigger than the bottom of the 50 gal. drum we
moved it with. ornery and beautiful
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