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Root Stock for pecan tree

Posted by WLH8723 8 (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 25, 12 at 15:53

I hope to do some grafting of pecans. Is there any reason to use one root stock over any other. Do some grown better or biger or smaller? What about hickory stock ? Is one easy or quicker?

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RE: Root Stock for pecan tree

I'd just use whatever locally-adapted seedlings you have available. Ideally, well-established 2-3 yr(or older) seedlings that are exhibiting vigorous growth.
Certain seed strains may be preferred in certain areas. Here in KY, seedlings of "Major" are preferred - but I wouldn't recommend them for use in your location. I know that in the past, seedlings of 'Elliott' were widely-used in the Southeast, but I'm not sure how much investigation has really been done as to what seed-strains are best.

You can graft pecan onto hickory, but we usually do it the other way around - hickory on pecan; problem is, pecan is a more rapidly-growing species and tends to grow faster than the hickory rootstock - so, 10 years down the road, you might have a 10" diameter pecan teetering on top of a 5" hickory understock, heading for failure in a wind event.

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