Colt or Mahaleb rootstock for a Northstar sour cherry

mdo003March 27, 2013

Trying to decide whether to buy from Burnt Ridge (colt) or St Lawrence (mahaleb). I live on the Northern end of zone 5, my yard has somewhat heavy clay soil. I live on a hill so I think drainage is probably ok. Anybody have any experience with one vs the other?

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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)


Infos in the link below. Hope this help you.


Here is a link that might be useful: Cherry rootstocks

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 9:43AM
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Why on that website are all the comparisons to apple rootstocks? Are they saying you can graft apples to those? Very confusing!!!

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 3:24PM
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econ0003(10a CA / 8b CA)

Mahaleb is more winter hardy. It may be a better choice for USDA zone 5.

Colt tolerates heavier soil as long as the drainage is good. That is the other factor I would consider when choosing between the two.

Roostock Comparison

This post was edited by econ0003 on Wed, Mar 27, 13 at 16:15

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 4:07PM
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yeah ive heard a lot of good things about colt but I was somewhat worried about the cold hardiness (saw -10 somewhere which might be a little iffy) and also I read some conflicting things about yield and precocity being lower on colt

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 8:05PM
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