[NAFEX] Of rabbits and OHxF/accidental bonsai...
tanistanis at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 4 12:58:22 EST 2002
Mr. F. Bunny,
I was just about to post a question on pears & rootstocks. I have one of
those questions re an unknown variety (maybe the same unknown as the 'St
Sophie' from that fellow in Ontario some weeks ago) behaving differently on
2 rootstocks. Grows like a weed on Bartlet and on OHxF 333, but eventually
always rejected by the OHxF. Not really a problem, in the big picture,
because I'm thinking I'm due to add more cross-pollinators to my mix. Bloom
time for "my" pear is between the local wild plums and the first apples.
Any suggestions from the more experienced pear people out there, for a
variety to graft onto the OHxF ?
Tanis Cuff, southern WI, zone 4 (zone 5 the last few winters !)
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>Reply-To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: [NAFEX] Of rabbits and accidental bonsai...
>Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2002 01:56:28 -0800 (PST)
>Several years ago I started experimenting with pears in regard rootstocks,
>variety, and fireblight resistance for my area.
>I have had excellent results with OHxF 333 and OHxF 282 with one minor
>My Seckles on OHxF seem to produce bonsai trees. And cute as they are,
>they are simply not what I had in mind. These trees were about 14 inches
>tall in their 6th year and pencil width in diameter. By contrast
>everything else on these rootstocks is consistent in size and around 8 feet
>in the 6th year.
>Now I understand that Seckle is normally a medium sized tree around 12-14
>feet maximum, so I expected something of dwarfing effect on the OHxF
>rootstocks I chose, but I anticipated a mature tree around 8 feet, not a
>I suspected that perhaps the scion wood I used had a latent virus, but I
>obtained the wood from Corvallis and the index was clean. Still unable to
>unravel this mystery, I took a couple of buds from one of the existing
>trees and grafted it onto a Harrow Sweet tree that was also on OHxF 333
>(started in the same year as the Seckles), this tree is around 8 feet tall
>and has fruited.
>Anyway I got about 15 inches of growth of the Seckle scion when grafted
>onto harrow sweet. Therefore I do not think a virus is the problem.
>So that makes me think of incompatibility, which would seem rather odd as I
>have never heard any reported and Magness (Comice x Seckle) probably does
>better on OHXF rootstocks than on anything else and exhibits no
>Anyway I am curious if others have grafted Seckle on OHxF 333 or OHxF 282
>and what the results have been.
>Very truly yours,
>the fluffy bunny
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