[nafex] Quince for Pear roostock

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu May 31 23:19:52 EDT 2001

I have a tree of the local species, Crataegus douglasii, with Bartlett, Old
Home, and Fall Butter pears on it.  All except the super vigorous "Old Home"
are semi-dwarf.  I did the grafts nearly 30 years ago.  Dr. M. N. Westwood
tested C. douglasii as a pear rootstock at Oregon State University and found
it made a very good semi-dwarf stock with high tolerance of wet soils.  The
flaw was that it suckered.  I avoid that by never cultivating around the
tree - only mowing.  As long as the roots are not disturbed, it is virtually
sucker free.
-Lon Rombough
From: "H.Dessureault" <inter.verbis at atreide.net>
To: <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Re: [nafex] Quince for Pear roostock
Date: Thu, May 31, 2001, 6:54 PM

It is a coincidence, but I was just about to ask about this. Someone grafted
a Bartlett a few years ago on a small hawthorn growing at my place and it
lasted and grew for three years after which it did not make the next winter.
Bartlett not being very hardy in my zone 3, I don't know whether to
attribute the failure to the climate or the instability of Crataegus as a
rootstock for pears.
This Spring, I grafted three specimens ( three different varieties) on
Hawthorn rootstocks, three weeks ago and at least one is showing a take.
My Hawthorn rootstocks are wild seedlings grafted right on the spot. They
happened to be near two pear trees, Luscious and Hudar on unknown
rootstocks, which are over 7 feet tall, and I though they may soon require
all the help they could get with pollinization. 
I am also interested in the subject and would like to follow this closely...
Hélène, zone 3
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Lucky Pittman <mailto:Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu>  
To: nafex at yahoogroups.com <mailto:nafex at yahoogroups.com>  
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: [nafex] Quince for Pear roostock

It's not a long-term trial, but I've got Ubileen that's been growing nicely 
for the past two years on a seedling hawthorn(Crataegus spp.) rootstock.
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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