[NAFEX] heritage peach tree preservation

K Q kumquat at operamail.com
Thu Jul 13 11:22:09 EDT 2006

Dear Mr. Callis:

Making the roots sucker works better in spring, when the roots have there maximum amount of carbohydrate in them. Not sure if "depleted" roots will cooperate with you at this time of year, but it is worth a try I suppose.

You could also try digging up pencil sized pieces of root in the winter and attatching matching peach scions directly to the root via grafting, and callus the thing in a very warm, moist environment, like maybe a styrofoam cooler box with heat regulation. Or just turn of the thermostat in your house to 85 F!

Kenneth Q.

Message: 4
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 12:53:29 -0600
From: "oliver smith callis" <oliversmithcallis at gmail.com>
Subject: [NAFEX] heritage peach tree preservation
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Hello All,
I am conducting a heritage fruit tree preservation project in my area, Utah
Valley, Utah. I have just come across a stand of peach trees which are
around 100 to 120 years old. The grandson of the man who planted the trees
said that his great grandmother brought a peach tree here from France which
was used as the rootstock. The trees are in bad shape as horses have been
kept in the orchard they are in, and may not last long. It seems to me that
this would be a good rootstock to preseve as most commercial orchardists in
my area say that peach trees don't typically last longer than 25 years. Does
anybody have any info on stimulating a root into producing a tree or any
other means of propogating the rootstock? An orchardist here suggested
"hitting them with nitrates in the spring" to get something off of the
roots. I would prefer to use a biodynamic/organic method of propogation, any
input would be great.
Much appreciated,

Oliver Smith Callis

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