[NAFEX] Dwarfing interstem on pear?

Joe and Ellen Hecksel jhecksel at voyager.net
Thu Feb 7 17:45:03 EST 2008


Donna &/or Kieran wrote:
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> Dear all,
>     I'm planning on ordering various blight resistant pears from 
> Corvallis.  Calleryana rootstocks grow great here, but they get so big.  
> What do you all know about the use of dwarfing interstems for pears? 

http://www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=658_28

Conference would be my first choice.  It would be interesting to look at 
Seckel as an interstem...but there is no data.

  I
> see that they have OHXF 34, 51, 87 and 333.  They say they are 
> compatible with both communis and calleryana.  Has there been much done 
> with these as dwarfing interstems?  Are there known problems with such 
> trees?  I could just use Magness, Maxine, or Warren as interstems on 
> quince, but have been told that quince is as susceptible to apple borers 
> as apple is.  This would be defeating part of my purpose in switching to 
> pears, which is to avoid tree losses to those *&^#+*  borers. 
>     Please advise me before I do something stupid!  Thanks.  Donna
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