Rootstock of Improved Meyer has taken over, what will I get?

cooperphNovember 12, 2013

A vigorous sucker saved this tree from complete extinction at the hands of scale bugs. I didn't realize until just recently that this was almost certainly coming from the rootstock. Now I am in two minds as to whether or not to leave it be and see what I get, or remove and replace. Anybody know what the rootstock typically is? It was a Home Depot purchase, Monrovia was the grower. The tree is now going into its second winter now. It's about 4 feet tall although pretty leggy, so far no fruit but until I moved it into full sun just recently, it was only getting about 4 hours of sun daily. I hate to remove it as it has shown itself to be a real survivor, but if the fruit is going to suck then it will have to go.

This post was edited by cooperph on Tue, Nov 12, 13 at 13:48

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Well, you could post a photo and we can see what you are talking about; or you could call Monrovia and ask them what rootstock they sell to HD. Sometimes those vigorous "suckers" are just watersprouts.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 2:07PM
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Forgive my ignorance, I just looked up water sprout and I think that must be it, as it originated below the graft line but above the soil.
Not much point keeping it now, I think, beyond the demonstrated toughness. It seems unlikely to do well for fruit in terms of quality or quantity.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 1:34PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Definitely rootstock if it's from below the graft. If there is no cultivar above the graft, better to just replace the tree. You can always try to draft, but then, you'd need to know how to graft , and have access to clean budwood. Not hard to learn, but it's a bit of a process. For most folks, simply easier to replant.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 2:10PM
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The rootstock is likely a trifoliate orange.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 2:24PM
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Thanks rugbyhukr, you are spot on I think, having just googled that. Seems that my new tree would not bear fruit for many more years, and then they are pretty awful tasting fruit anyway. I'll probably go guerrilla-plant it somewhere I may one day see it fruit, but not in my postage-stamp of a yard.
Thanks everybody!

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 11:13PM
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