This is a great forum, have been here a few months now… I love how everyone is so helpful, knowledgeable and passionate about growing fruits.
I demolished and rebuilt my house in 2015-2016. Started my home fruit orchard in Spring 2016. My entire garden is fruit trees (+ some lawn & roses I was forced to add for peace with the family ) I have been tracking its progress on the DWN forum - http://www.davewilsonforums.com/index.php/showthread.php?t=12225. Many awesome folks on the DWN forum really helped start my orchard and I see many moved to this forum. Decided to continue my thread here starting 2018.
I am fairly new to growing fruit and have made every rookie mistake in the books. Have packed in 50+ trees in a 6000 sq.ft lot. Most trees are doing good despite me trying to kill them any and every way. Thank you for reading! Appreciate all feedback - positive/negative to make my orchard better!
I knew someone was going to call me out on that!
I first left a 3" gap around the trunk but it looked a lot nicer all the way to the trunk + Tom Spellman mulches all the way to the trunk in his videos !
Richard may be right on the humidity but I agree with you - if the mulch has any disease it could spread to the truck. I’ll move it back 3" from the trunk tomorrow just to be safe.
No suckers for me but have canker on both . But that could be my fault entirely. I got this brilliant idea to plant tulips around the trees and was digging and cutting up all roots around the cherry. No wonder it got canker! I am cringing now thinking about what I did! I hope it doesn’t spread to the 3 cherries I planted this year.
This rootstock is a very slow grower as its a dwarf. Produced 1 cherry last year that the squirrels stole. If the canker doesn’t kill it - I hope to see some fruit this year. loaded with fruit spurs…
You got that right! My back is so wet, the dog has to go out front. I’m tired of wiping his feet! My front has a higher slope. Hey Girly, nice to see you here, the trees look great! I don’t get to the DW forums that much these days.
That’s too bad. Here I like using Gisela 5 or 6. So far in 8 years I have had very impressive results. Cherries tend to get canker here, and I lost two to canker, but the rootstocks didn’t get the canker, the cultivar itself did in all three cases. I still have one that got the canker very high in the tree, I cut it off, and it so far is doing really well. Produced a decent crop for a butchered tree last year.
Rootstock significantly affects cultivar susceptibility to bacterial canker. Death of trees on Mazzard was 30% but was 77% when trees were on Gisela 6 rootstock. While no Bing on Colt rootstock died, mortality of Bing on Gisela 6 was 90% in one study. Trees on Gisela rootstocks have shown increased susceptibility in field observations. Bing on Krymsk 5 had smaller heading cut cankers than trees on Mazzard or Gisela 6, and 43% of trees died on Krymsk 5 compared with 50% on Mazzard.