[NAFEX] hawthorn for pear

nafex nafex at mokalive.com
Tue Jan 20 21:48:16 EST 2004

Thanks Lucky, I've never had quince or mayhaws and I'm not sure if they
would grow here, but I'll have to try them one of these days.

And Lom,, I''m going to have some fun with this and see what happens. I was
very surprised to learn my neighbor had all this nearly in my backyard.


> I've got several pears grafted onto seedling hawthorn(C.crus-galli)
> rootstocks.  Some are 3-4 years old, now, but no fruit yet.  I've also grafted
> mayhaws and quince onto hawthorn.
> Lucky Pittman
> Hopkinsville, KY 
> Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 20:32:01 -0800
> From: "Lon J. Rombough" <lonrom at hevanet.com>
> Subject: 
> Hawthorn generally works well as a pear rootstock, though some species of
> hawthorn are less compatible than others, in which case you might have to
> use an interstem, as is needed with quince rootstock.  I have Bartlett, Old
> Home, and Fall Butter pears on one such tree and they have been growing
> there for about 30 years.  Dr. Melvin Westwood even had a trial plot of C.
> douglasii as a semi-dwarf stock for pears, at Oregon State U.  He concluded
> that while the trees were good stocks, they suckered too much.  However,
> I've found that C. douglasii will sucker very little if you don't disturb
> the soil.  Mow, but don't cultivate, and they make good trees.
> -Lon Rombough 
Ronda Anderson
Lawton, Kansas
Zone 6a

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