Grafting pear or quince trees

the_cedar_lawn_houseFebruary 16, 2009

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I've got about a dozen pear trees (maybe quince) on my property and they produce some of the most disgusting pears you can imagine. Primarily, they are overly tannic acidic. Even the deer don't eat them until the pears have frozen and thawed. I do have some great apple trees.

Can I expect to successfully graft nashi pear scions onto the pear trees?

Can I expect to successfully graft apple scions onto the pear trees?

Do you think I can cut them completely and graft onto the trunk or do I need to let a percentage of the original tree live?

Any thoughts or ideas?

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Whether quince or pear there is a very good chance that they are amenable to grafts of nashi pear.

Its very unlikely that you can successfully graft most varieties of apple onto them. The variety Winter Banana apple is compatible with some pears. You may be able to graft that and grow it for apples or use as an interstem for other apple varieties.

I have some growing on my sister's pear tree and it produced an apple in the second leaf. That same european pear has Hosui grafts on it that have been doing great as well as several varieties of quince and european pear.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 2:11AM
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Do let major scaffold branches of the rootstock tree remain- grafting to the trunk is probably doable but not a first choice.

It's always nice to graft to a rootstock of similar caliper to that of the scion, especially when doing whip and tongue or whip, and even with cleft grafting, although you surely can graft well to considerably larger stock.

Cutting the trees off altogether may kill them or may result in a number of shoots- it would be possible to graft to the shoots, but it would be years before you got any fruit this way.

I would leave a fair amount of the original tree to keep the tree fed. Each year you could work over say, one third of the tree. If you thin the tree considerably and then graft to pencil-to-thumb sized branches, and keep the grafts close to the point that the branch is attatched, you should get good growth right away and maybe a bloom the second year (although it might be wiser to prevent it fruiting too young).

Those are just my thoughts on the subject- and subject to correction and other's observations, of course.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 7:18AM
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Thanks for the ideas.

Is there a setting on these forums that would email me when someone replies to my post?

I haven't personally grafted before and as it turns out there is a Cornell Cooperative Extension class on tree grafting that is coming up soon and close by as well. I expect to get a lot of info there.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 9:04PM
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I can't get the setting to send me those emails, but there is a link at the bottome of this page that is supposed to do what you want.

I hope you have fun grafting. It's pretty neat, I think.


    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 6:19AM
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The Asian Pear does not do well on Euro root. The grafts will 'take' but they will not grow very much and it severely dwarfs the asian scion.
Quince can be rooted from cuttings.
Asian Pear needs a special rootstock to do well.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 11:03AM
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can I be so rude and ask
where do you scions fro asian pears ???

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 1:13PM
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skyjs(z8 OR, USA)

Many pears aren't compatible with quince rootstock, so be careful even of which Euro pears you graft on.

Scions from Asian pears or other fruit come from a local fruit club, like Home Orchard Society in Oregon, Seattle Fruit Society,or many in California . You can probably buy them online. Google Asian pear scions. There are also online exchanges.
John S

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 1:20AM
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