[NAFEX] peach cuttings made to root

Anton Callaway marillen at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 18 11:35:35 EST 2004

I can believe that young rooted cuttings with poorly established root systems would be more susceptible to winter injury & death than larger plants.  It also makes sense that due to the greater genetic variation among scion cultivars compared to rootstocks in a typical orchard, that some cultivars would have more cold-susceptible roots than say, Siberian C or some other peach rootstock chosen for hardiness.

However, all of my experiences with own-rooted peaches have been positive.  I studied under the guidance of some of the leaders in own-rooted  peaches, as well as propagated and planted some in my own orchard.  Using semi-hardwood cuttings and a proper misting bench (and application of high IBA concentrations), rooting is near 100%.  If you cut corners from any of these areas, the percentage of rooting drops dramatically.  Field performance is often superior to budded trees in most major aspects- with the caveat that all my experience is in milder climates, so hardiness may be a disadvantage- though I suspect that really the problem is not growing the trees to sufficient size before setting them in the Northern orchards.

Furthermore, the professors that I worked with were not stereotypical academics- they really cared about and rigorously tested field performance.  They had close contacts with commercial growers in their respective countries.  All in all, I am convinced that self-rooted peaches are a valuable additional tool in peach production and should not be dismissed as an academic exercise.

Anyone interested in references or receipes, please contact me on or off-list.  

Zone 8

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Paradise <machelp at attglobal.net>
Sent: Mar 18, 2004 11:14 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] peach cuttings made to root

And one of the reasons they MAY have been able to propagate by cuttings is these locations mentioned do NOT
have devastating winters that kill delicate rooted cuttings.

Of course, every method of difficult propagation succeeds - in the journals.  It makes good reading, but don't
confuse this with reality.
Charlie Paradise
zone 5 / Massachusetts

Diane Whitehead wrote:

> A search on "peach meadows"  "high density peach plantings" or "peach
> cuttings" leads to a number of abstracts of papers presented at
> several symposia, such as ISHS Acta Horticulturae 173: International
> Conference on Peach Growing
> These orchards are planted with 10,000 trees per hectare (4000 per
> acre), and using rooted cuttings is far cheaper than using grafted
> trees.  Rooting the cuttings in situ produces trees that can tolerate
> drought better than transplanted ones.
>   Countries that have done this: Brazil, Italy, and somewhere in the mid-East.
> Diane Whitehead,  Victoria BC, Canada

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