[NAFEX] Ernest's Evans cherries

Dan Nave nave1 at comcast.net
Sun Jun 20 21:51:43 EDT 2010

Why would one bother to graft Evans since it it is hearty on it's own 
roots and supposedly grows true from seed?...


Douglas Woodard wrote:
> Ernest, grafted trees from commercial sources would probably be grafted 
> on Mazzard or Mahaleb. If I remember rightly you are in a particularly 
> cold area of northern Minnesota. I would expect your temperatures to 
> damage (in a warm winter unless with heavy snow cover) or kill either 
> Mazzard or Mahaleb. Mahaleb is fussy about good drainage, likes a coarse 
> subsoil. Any hardy rootstock readily available cheap to a comercial 
> nursery is likely to suffer from compatibility problems. The only 
> rootstock I can think of that *might* suit is Prunus X Dropmoreana, 
> Frank Skinner's creation. Forty years ago East Malling did some work 
> with it as a stock for sweet cherries, and from what I recall reading, 
> some clones of it were compatible with sweets and some were not.
> If your sources were what I would consider fully competent and 
> honourable, they would have told you what rootstock they were using - 
> unless maybe they were afraid their competition would find out about it.
> This kind of competitive pressure is one of the curses of the nursry 
> business. It's extremely hard to know if your supplier is understandably 
> secretive, or crooked or irresponsible.
> Doug Woodard
> St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
> Ernest Plutko wrote:
>> "Before" means before I buried grafts.  I was not doing a research
>> study.  I was just trying to get trees to live through winters. I
>> bought trees from several sources. Local and mail-order. It is
>> possible burying graft is just protecting graft from winter cold. 
>> This fall I will probe around buried trunks to see if roots have
>> grown from Evans trunks.  I'll look up Evans own-root sources and let
>> you know.
>> ---- Original Message ----
>> From: murphman108 at msn.com
>> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Ernest's Evans cherries
>> Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 03:14:46 +0000
>>> Hello Ernest;
>>> I am interested in your Evans story. The trees that you buried the
>>> graft union were better 'than before'. What does 'than before' mean?
>>> Did you plant some at the same time from the same batch without
>>> burying the graft? Same plant source? This is a decent finding on
>>> your part. Please elaborate. Also, who is the 'own root' Evans cherry
>>> tree source?
>>> Murph

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