apricot on peach rootstalk, anyone?

glenn_10 zone 4b/5a NewBrunswick,Can.May 9, 2012

Just wondering if anyone has had luck grafting apricot to peach. I figured I would give it a try this year after reading that it would be somewhat compatable.

Later on this summer I will post my results and some photos if they take. In the mean time I would like to hear about your experiences if any.

Glenn

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Yup, I have lots of those and the long-term compatibility has been excellent. I have heard that apricot on peach is more vigorous than apricot on other stocks but have not noticed a huge difference.

Scott

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 7:46PM
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alcedo 4/5 W Europe

Yes, Chipbud apricot Pcot on a Springcrest peach.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 7:19AM
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fabaceae_native

This is quite funny, because I have been planning on doing the opposite, grafting peach onto apricot!

Where I live, apricot is naturalized and very well adapted to the climate, so does well as a seedling and/or rootstock. It is also easy to collect loads of apricot seeds in season for growing into rootstock. Apricot is also more cold hardy, more vigorous, less disease prone, and way longer lived. If in your climate some of these traits are reversed, it could definitely make sense to graft apricot onto peach though...

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 10:56AM
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glenn_10 zone 4b/5a NewBrunswick,Can.

It is great to see that this combo has worked well for everyone,that is really good to know guys thanks! So are you finding that they are more vigorous growing? I can see that peaches grow like weeds, does this trait power up the apricot scions as well?
alcedo,thanks for adding the pic. Was this taken this year?was it a chip graft that you did last year and is now active this year?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 9:46PM
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miketrees(WA Australia)

I think the main reason peach seedling is used so often as a rootstock is because peach seed is available by the ton at canning factories.

When I was a nurseryman I had to use nematode resistant peach stock for commercial growers.
Ordinary seedlings would look great for the first couple of years, then decline very rapidly.
Also nectarines grown on ordinary seedling would get bad speckling and cracking on the skin.
I used plum rootstock whenever I could for apricots because they are resistant to a few diseases, more salt tolerant, more drought resistant and resist water logging better.
There is a trick to getting real good results striking plum root stocks, that's one reason why some nurseries use peach.
I found Okinawa (peach) rootstock was a bit dodgy for apricots.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 12:33AM
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