[NAFEX] Best Dwarfing Rootstock for Pears?

John Smith friendly27sw at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 9 13:01:36 EST 2005


Has anyone used dwarfing apple rootstock for pears
with an interstem of a compatible cultivar such as
'winter banana' to produce dwarf pear trees?

--- "Ethan Natelson, M.D."
<natelson at stehlinclinic.com> wrote:

> Actually, OH x F 513 as an interstem does produce
> dwarfing, in contrast to
> Pyrodwarf, which does not.  Conference as an
> interstem is alleged to produce
> 50% dwarfing on seedling.  The interstems should be
> at least 12 inches in
> length to get the maximal effect.  I believe the Van
> Weil Nurseries sell
> Pyrodwarf.
> [Ethan Natelson, M.D.]
>  -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of
> lee reich
> Sent: Friday, December 09, 2005 8:59 AM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Best Dwarfing Rootstock for
> Pears?
> 
> 
>   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
>   www.leereich.com
> 
> 
>   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
>     http://tinyurl.com/7htst
>     44° 15' 47" N / 69° 18' 42" W
> 
> 
> 
>       Message: 1
>       Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2005 13:25:36 -0600
>       From: sherwindu <sherwindu at comcast.net>
>       Subject: [NAFEX] Best Dwarfing Rootstock for
> Pears?
>       To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>       Message-ID: <439888B0.F594F2C8 at comcast.net>
>       Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
> 
>       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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