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Choosing the correct rootstock

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 21:17

Hi Verdun, it's almost completely resistant - perhaps 5 to10 curled leaves a season which I just pick off as I see them.  When I first planted it I missed a sucker growing from below the graft - on that small branch, every single leaf was affected (which is how I spotted it!)

silly quotes

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 21:07

There's one similar I've heard KEF - "a face like a bag of spanners"!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 21:02

Just in after watching the Rainbows Hospice fireworks at Leicester Racecourse - always very impressive (and a great view from my back garden )  Nearly got blown over by the wind though!

Choosing the correct rootstock

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 17:39

Can't help on the apricot but will be keeping an eye on this thread in case anyone recommends one - after one myself.

silly quotes

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 17:37

My mum used to say that too, FG - and I think she was right in my case!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 17:34

Seriously gusty now here - worse than last Monday - it never really reached the emids.  Picked the last of the Cox's OPs just in case - great crop this year.

Apple crumble tomorrow with some windfalls from the other trees - yum!

Choosing the correct rootstock

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 16:52

Yes Gothic - no other peach trees anywhere near me.  Blossom is very attractive too.

silly quotes

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 16:47

Gilly, I'd guess that would come from the days when sailors wore bell-bottoms (obviously requiring a lot of material.)

John Innings Number 1

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 16:43

There's no reason to not use old (unused) compost.  However, if the bags are left outside, the rain can wash-out a lot of the nutrients.  In that case you could simply add some fertiliser (eg fish, blood and bone) when using it for planting.

Choosing the correct rootstock

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 16:07

Hi Gothic, I'd recommend one I grow myself  "Avalon Pride" on "Mont Clare" rootstock.  It is peach leaf curl resistant and grows to about 2m x 2m.  Mine gives a good crop of full size peaches in a south-facing front garden.  Due to the relatively small size I don't think you need to worry about roots damaging foundations.

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