[NAFEX] Pear on Seedling Apples

Lucky.PIttman at murraystate.edu Lucky.PIttman at murraystate.edu
Sun Nov 25 18:05:25 EST 2007

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Subject : RE: [NAFEX] Pear on Seedling Apples

 Does anyone know how best to convert yearling apple
seedlings into rootstock for pears? I must have a
hundred of them.

Best bet - and I don't know for how many years it'll
hold - is to graft in an interstem of 'Winter Banana'
or 'Superclone' apple between the seedling rootstock
and your pear scion.
WB is reputed to be graft-compatible with a number of
pear varieties, and supposedly forms long-lived unions.

I had a couple of pears that survived 2-5 years on
seedling apple rootstocks (in a bundle of 10,
purchased as P.communis seedlings, 8 were apple.  I
didn't make the connection until I had multiple graft
failures and the rootstocks leafed out - apple.

Lucky Pittman
Hopkinsville KY+

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