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Top-working Shipova?

Posted by milehighgirl CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 11, 12 at 16:13

After reading some recent posts on shipova I have decided to either top-work it or replace it. Is it possible to graft pear scion onto the shipova trunk? I think the rootstock is mountain ash.

I'd like to have at least one scaffold of shipova, so I'm not sure how to proceed. The tree is 4-years-old now.

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RE: Top-working Shipova?

  • Posted by skyjs z8 OR, USA (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 11, 12 at 23:39

I grafted on some pears to my shipova because it was so amazingly slow to mature. They lose their leaves earlier than other pears and have also not matured quickly. I think I have mountain ash as my rootstock as well. The shipova fruited much more quickly for me on aronia rootstock, but they are even more subject to fungal disease on them.
John S

RE: Top-working Shipova?


Thank you. I figured as much. I will probably try to graft from it then remove it. What is your opinion of the fruit?

RE: Top-working Shipova?

I just found an article about the Shipova that's very interesting. I'm getting confliciting data from the GRIN site. The list of large size fruit lists Shipova, but then in this article is says it is small (and worth the wait).

Here is a link that might be useful: AN UNUSUAL PEAR RELATIVE

RE: Top-working Shipova?

I have tried shipova and they taste good. They are smaller than pears and do take forever to produce anything. They hate heat and drought and are very prone to fireblight. Mine produced one fruit after many years, then promptly got fireblight and I removed it.

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