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D. kaki rootstock for NC?

Posted by cousinfloyd NC 7 (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 29, 12 at 17:57

I just ordered a couple persimmons (izu and saijo) from Burnt Ridge but I'm concerned about their rootstocks and was hoping to get some advice/reassurance. They said they use kaki and virginiana rootstocks and although I said I only wanted to order if I could get virginiana rootstocks, I felt like my concerns were being brushed aside more than I felt reassured that they actually maintain separate inventory for trees on different rootstocks and can actually tell me what I'd get. I was expecting either virginiana or lotos rootstock, which is what I've heard people here suggest, but I haven't heard anyone talk about kaki rootstocks as a good idea for the mid-Atlantic/upper Southeast, and I've heard suggestions of virginiana offering better cold tolerance. I know kakis can die in cold years here. Should I cancel my order because of the rootstock?


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RE: D. kaki rootstock for NC?

Cousinfloyed,

You can call Michael at Burnt Ridge and talk to him personally. Explain to him that you want Virginiana rootstocks for hardiness. I think Scott live in zone 6-7 and Lotus rootstocks did just fine for him. I have several Kakis grafted on Kaki rootstocks that I testing it this winter. I will see if they survive this winter with protection in zone 5a.

Tony


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