Mazzard in container

berries_n_cherriesOctober 13, 2012

I recently bought a Dave Wilson montmorency cherry tree on mazzard rootstock and stuck it in a half barrel. I thought that the tree would be suitable for a container when I got it, but I'm pretty sure I made a mistake since it says it'll get 20-25 feet tall. It's 6 feet tall now and came in a 5 gallon container.

Should I sell it and get a montmorency cherry tree on gisela 5 rootstock instead? Is there any reason to think that my tree would do well in a half barrel?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

berries n cherries:

Your tree won't get 20ft tall in a barrel. It might get 8-10ft. The barrel will keep it that small regardless of the rootstock. G5 might be better if you can find that combination. But really the only advantages I can see would be that the roots might not get root bound as fast and G5 is more tolerant of wet soil.

I've grown many fruits on rootstocks like Lovell and Nemaguard in pots. They've worked fine even though they are vigorous and sensitive to wet soil just like Mazzard. If your soil in the pot drains well Mazzard should be OK.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 11:37AM
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berries_n_cherries

Thank you so much fruitnut. I'll keep the tree.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 5:06PM
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