Im wondering what types of cherries have been successfuly grafted to either Evans cherry, or Nanking cherry?
I grafted sweet to Evans, Nanking is compatible to plum,..so you can graft plums.
Oh nice! Did you notice if the sweet ended up being more resistant to the cold?
As for the nanking, is that japanese and/or european types?
FWIW, I have an Italian prune plum I grafted to tomentosa about five years ago and it is doing well so far; hasn't fruited yet, but that doesn't surprise me. Considerably dwarfed, it is only now about chin-high. The plant seems happy and healthy and is attractive, I think.
marknmt - Thats what I was lookin for. I have access to some Nanking cuttings/fruit, as well as various Prunus scion. Was just wondering anyone elses experience experimenting with said root stock before I start doing so myself :D
Mind, I have only the one sample and it's only a few years old, so there's always the possibility of delayed rejection on these kinds of things. But right now I'm encouraged.
I should have pointed out that a sucker from the same clone of prune plum was allowed to grow in the garden the same year that I grafted the prune, and it bloomed and set fruit for the first time this year. I'm hopeful that we'll see a bloom in the grafted prune next year. It's consistent with this particular clone to take its time bearing.
One curious thing to point out: the rootstock is a gnarly, rough looking thing (as is the case with tomentosa) so the smooth, graceful plum stem above it seems anomalous. Tomentosa takes its time getting any size, and I think that's what's holding the prune down.
Too true about delayed rejection. After what, 5 or so years you can be fairly confident right?
I dont know a lot about grafting, but isnt it odd that tomentosa as a rootstock would delay fruiting? Doesnt Tomentosa produce sometimes the year of planting, or 2 years from seed?
Didn't mean to suggest that the tomentosa had delayed fruiting; I meant to make clear that this clone in general is rather slow to fruit. I'd thought along the same lines as you: if anything, it should speed fruiting up. So it seemed worth mentioning that there was no precocity to my inexperienced eye.
As for delayed rejection I'd think five years is a pretty fair test, but I really don't know.
Naw I got ya! I just found it odd, that a rootstock that is known to fruit very early, wouldnt have an effect on the scion (so far i guess).
Yes, not much changes it terms of fruiting or hardiness, it might be that they would be slightly hardier, ...couldn't test this because I have nothing to compare it to.
I only have Evans cherries grafted to pin cherries and have less freeze back, this could make it more hardy but other factors play a roll here,..I'm thinking of a different growing habit, not as vigorous, ..thus hardening off better in the fall.
Thats an interesting idea. Im assuming you grafted the evans just as an experiment? THere is no real reason to want to graft evans to anything?
Initially yes, but it turned out good, when some years the Evans on their own roots have hardly any cherries I still get from the others.
Great when an experiment does that :D