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Cherry Rootstocks

A dwarfing rootstock for sweet cherry that produces a tree approximately 45 percent the size of Mazzard. This rootstock is recommended for new plantings of 600-800 trees per acre and is being used successfully in high tunnel plantings. Trees on Gisela® 5 begin producing fruit buds in the second year and are very productive. Trees develop a weak root system and must be supported. A successful planting of Gisela® 5 is dependent upon irrigation and, given the nature of sweet cherries, drip irrigation is highly recommended.

This rootstock is recommended for both sweet and tart cherries and produces a tree 65 percent the size of trees on Mazzard rootstock. It has a wide range of soil adaptability and has performed well in soils that would be considered too heavy and wet for cherry production. Gisela® 6 is resistant to bacterial canker and appears to be compatible with most commercial cherry varieties. Tree support and drip irrigation is highly recommended when using this rootstock.

Gisela® 12 is a semi-dwarf cherry rootstock, which produces a tree very similar in size to Gisela® 6. Tree is well-anchored, precocious and productive. As with most dwarfing cherry roots, good fruit size and quality will result with the application of proper pruning techniques. Gisela® 12 has a low incidence of root-suckering, and it adapts well to a wide range of soils.

This rootstock has been the standard rootstock for the tart cherry industry for many years. Trees on Mahaleb seedling are well anchored, drought tolerant, hardy and productive. Mahaleb performs best in well-drained soils and is not recommended for heavy or wet soils.

A very vigorous seedling rootstock producing a standard size tree. Mazzard seedling has long been considered the primary rootstock for sweet cherry production. Trees on Mazzard are very well anchored and hardy but are slow to come into production. Mazzard performs best in well-drained soils, but will tolerate wet soil conditions much better than Mahaleb.


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