What to do with these Medlar (Mespilus germanica) cuttings?

infiniteohmsMarch 14, 2013

I just got about a dozen medlar cuttings in the mail yesterday, all my research says that grafting to medlar, pear or quince rootstock is the preferred method, however the cuttings are already breaking bud and my rootstock is weeks or maybe a month away from being ready for grafting (its in the ground, covered in 18" of snow). So i'm thinking of trying to root them indoors in 50/50 perlite/vermiculite with #8 rooting powder and humidity domes. Other options including rootings outdoors (freezing every night), rooting in unheated hoophouse frost most nights or rooting in a root cellar (no frost/ no light/ cool and humid).

Any thoughts on what is most likely to get decent results?

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Did you get you scions from the Germplasm bank in Corvalis, OR? I just got my package the other day and the medlars are breaking bud too! I'll keep an eye on this thread for sure.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:33PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

I think your only option is to dig up your rootstocks, pot them, graft inside, and callous in 60F or so area like cellar/garage. I have done this before and had success. Its not the best method but I don't know of anything better.


    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 1:37PM
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