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  • From: Lon Rombough <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Quince, Pear compatibility
  • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 20:09:52 -0800

Not all pear varieties are compatible on the standard quince rootstocks. The usual practice is to put in an interstem of "Old Home" pear. Pear will graft on a number of species of hawthorn, too. The Pacific NW native Crataegus douglasii makes a very good dwarf or semi-dwarf tree with most pears as long as you grow it under sod. If you cultivate and disturb the roots, it suckers.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at Winner of the Garden Writers Association "Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Nov 22, 2004, at 6:49 PM, Topgun wrote:

The quince has a dwarfing influence on the pear but works O.K.
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Fellow Nafexers,    I think I remember reading that a pear can be grafted on quince rootstock.  I have a quince I started from seed last spring and also have more seeds I can plant if I desire.  I'm sure some of u folks are knowledgable on this subject, so is it worth the effort?
Thanks,  Jack Wigal
Washington, WV Z-6

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