Big isn't always better - The Packer

Big isn't always better

11/01/2004 02:00:00 AM

Dwarfing rootstocks are more susceptible to water stress than standard Mazzard and Mahaleb rootstocks, simply because of their size. Smaller trunks and root systems have a correspondingly smaller storage capacity, and require more spoon-feeding when it comes to water and nutrients, he says.

Training systems also affect results when working with dwarfing rootstocks, Whiting says. An upright system such as a Y-trellis or Spanish bush works best; a central leader bent to the horizontal plane, on the other hand, encourages more fruiting.


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