[NAFEX] evans-bali cherry suckers

Sarah Kehler Ewing skkewing at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 24 20:26:56 EDT 2011

My friend's own rooted Evan's cherry tree suckers like crazy (none of mine do, but mine are all own rooted too).  We know hers is also own rooted because she planted 6 or so of her suckers in her own yard and they have been fruiting for years.
zone 3
Edmonton, AB

From: Steve <sdw12986 at aol.com>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:50:32 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] evans-bali cherry

Actually, it's the other way around. The name Bali came from Bill 
Mackentley at St Lawrence Nurseries. He sold them only as tissue 
cultured trees. I talked him into selling me one the year before they 
were big enough to list in his catalog. I watched Bill dig it up myself 
and we walked back to the building with him cupping the roots in his 
hands until he could wrap it properly.
My tree grew well. When it got big enough to flower I found that most of 
the flower buds were dead every spring. I never got more than a hand 
full of cherries a year. Also it would put out a foot (more or less) of 
new growth full of new buds. In the spring all the buds would be dead 
except the terminal buds and a few scattered flower buds. Lots of long 
skinny branches with new growth on the tips only. One August, the leaved 
turned yellow and fell a good month early. It was dead. This is EXACTLY 
how a previous North Star cherry behaved, dying a couple of years before 
I planted the Bali. Both died after the trunk was about 4 inches in 
I sometimes wonder if the North Star left some disease in the soil and 
maybe I should try a Bali again in a different location.
Mine never produced a single sucker. I would have assumed that the ones 
that suckered were NOT own rooted. Maybe not.

Steve..... cold zone 4 in the central Adirondacks

On 7/24/2011 12:51 PM, Ernest Plutko wrote:
> Are the suckers from the grafted root?  I understand Bali is grafted
> and Evans are the original non-grafted trees.  I never had a sucker.
> Maybe I can buy a few sucker from you?  The cherries are very good
> eating.
> ---- Original Message ----
> From: qazingulaza at gmail.com
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] evans-bali cherry
> Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 11:44:40 -0500
>> The own rooted Balis will sucker profusely, but maybe you want that.
>> I planted out 75 suckers from 5 six year old trees last year.  Just
>> looked a couple days ago&  there is at least that many suckers
>> again...
>> ~mIEKAL
>> On Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM, Ernest Plutko
>> <ernestplutko at wiktel.com>  wrote:
>>> Planted five Bali cherry trees last year.  Only one made it through
>>> the winter.  I picked a cup of cherries off it today.  I'll try to
>>> sprout the seed and plant on own root.  Should be more hardy then
>> on
>>> the Evans-Bali grafted trees.  I read the Bali grafted cherries are
>>> not really hardy in cold winters.
>>> Zone 2 Minnesota
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