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)

md,

Infos in the link below. Hope this help you.

Tony

Here is a link that might be useful: Cherry rootstocks

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 9:43AM
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sautesmom

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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mdo003

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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