The use of the sand cherry for stocks

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2017-07-20
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Budd, J.
Hansen, N.
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During the past few years the use of the Sand cherry (Primus pumila), as a stock for the cherry and plum, has been much discussed, but as yet we have had no convincing experience favorable to its use in cherry propagation. But in Utah and in various parts of the prairie States we have plum trees on this stock of several years’ growth, which favor the belief that our cultivated varieties will unite perfectly with its wood, come into bearing earlier, and become dwarfed in size of tree.

With a view to more exact conclusions we grew, in 1892, about five thousand stocks from seed gathered in northwest Nebraska. The seed was washed from the pulp, dried for three or four days in the shade, mixed with sand in boxes, and put out for winter freezing. The seedlings made a fine stand and their growth the first season was about equal in height and diameter of stem to our seedlings of native plum. In the fall of 1892 we took up the largest of the seedlings for crown-grafting, leaving the others for budding.

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