Stark dwarf rootstock


#1

Hey, a quick question for the crowd…i am cleaning up a neighbors half-freeze-killed asian pears (second leaf), hehad a bunch that were labeled dwarf from starks. The rootstock is incredibly thorny, seems to sucker freely, and feels like weak wood…any thoughts wtf this stuff is?

I do not like it…


#2

Sounds like a Callery rootstock. LOTS of thorns on them, around here anyway.


#3

Would callery dwarf?


#4

I am not sure actually. Unless they use an interstem perhaps.I know if you contact Stark they could possible give you a few options of what they use as rootstocks. I have done that several times.
What size does it actually get?


#5

No idea, he got 8 the spring before last, cold last winter killed 5 completely and 3 had some scion regrowth.

Mostly curious because whatever they used, i want to avoid it.


#6

Stark doesnt know either. They have no clue what rootstocks they are selling. Been through it with them before.


#7

Hmmm…given my limited description anyone have any thoughts? Maybe just seedling ussurensis?