[NAFEX] Best Dwarfing Rootstock for Pears?

lee reich lreich at hvc.rr.com
Fri Dec 9 09:58:45 EST 2005

That Pyrodwarf rootstock looks good. I wish I had known about them --  
I grafted a bunch of pears last spring using a seedling rootstock and  
an interstem of OH X F 513. I was told that that the dwarf interstem  
on pear would not necessarily dwarf the tree. Where can Pyrodwarf  
rootstocks be purchased?

Lee Reich, PhD

Books by Lee Reich:
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
A Northeast Gardener's Year
The Pruning Book
Weedless Gardening

On Dec 8, 2005, at 10:19 PM, Lamb Abbey Orchards wrote:

> I'd have to go with Natelson's recommendation for Pyrodwarf.  My  
> orchard is located Zone 5a/Coastal Maine and I had about 250 trees  
> budded onto Pyrodwarf this past August after having looked into a  
> handful of dwarfing pear rootstocks.  The best option for a hardy  
> dwarfing pear rootstock by far looked to be this rootstock.  Check  
> out the following PDF file:
> http://tinyurl.com/dcpo3
> It provides not only a good visual comparison between trees on  
> Pyrodwarf vs. Quince EMLA C, but also quantifies fruit weight,  
> relative yield and a few other characteristics.    I'll be planting  
> these new trees in Spring of '07 and another block on Pyrodwarf in  
> Spring of '08, 30 varieties total.   Ask me next Summer and I'll  
> let you know which varieties look to be compatible with the  
> Pyrodwarf.   I'm excited about trying it.
> Cheers,
> John
> * * * * *
> Lamb Abbey Orchards
> Union, Maine  04862
> lambabbey at gmail.com
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> I'm trying to determine the best dwarfing rootstock for pears in zone
> 5.  I have
> used Quince EMLA C in the past, with uneven results.  I realize that
> there are
> compatibility issues with certain varieties of pears, and that
> interstems have been used
> to solve that.  Just like to get the latest info on what is available.
> My objectives would
> be the most dwarfing possible, heartiness for zone 5, and  
> compatibility
> with pear
> varieties (interstems would be acceptable, but not desirable).
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