[NAFEX] Siberian C peach seeds

Douglas Woodard dwoodard at becon.org
Fri Feb 29 01:24:55 EST 2008

The Western Ontario Fruit Testing Association (then based at Harrow) 
used to sell seed for rootstocks back in the 1980s. It has become the 
Ontario Fruit Testing Association and is now based in the Niagara 
Peninsula. I wouldn't be surprised if it still sells rootstock seed.
I will try to get the contact information.

Siberian C is now regarded as obsolete for rootstocks. Thoae who want 
something more cold-hardy than Bailey are recommended to try Chui Lum 
Tao or Tzim Pee Tao, which Harrow and Vineland have worked with. See

Peach and Nectarine Cultivars [for Ontario]


 From memory I think the problems with Siberian C had to do with entry 
and exit from dormancy, such that the advantage from its better 
midwinter coldhardiness was balanced by greater proneness to cold injury 
in fall (and spring?).

WOFTA also sold seed of Haggith apricot, which Harrow had selected as 
suitable for seedling rootstocks for apricot in southern Ontario. I 
heard that the original tree of Haggith had been found thriving on an 
old manure heap, a severe test for an apricot.

Doug Woodard
St. Catharines, Ontario

derry&bill wrote:
> Does anyone know a source of Siberian C peach seeds?
> Derry
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Bill Chase & Derry Walsh
> Aldergrove. B.C., V4W 2E6
> 604-856-9316
> http://derrysorchardandnursery.ca
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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