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Pear Rootstock

There are fewer choices available in rootstock for pears, compared to apples. The most widely used rootstock is a variety of quince (Cydonia oblonga), which is a different genus to pear (Pyrus).

The advantage in grafting pear onto dwarfing quince rootstock is that your tree will come to fruit much earlier (more precocious) and will have increased fruit yields for the space used.
It is also be easier to pick fruit and maintain your tree when it is smaller. 

When grafted onto a seedling D6 pear (Pyrus calleryana) rootstock, pears trees will be quite vigorous, resulting in very large trees that are slow to bear fruit.
However, the advantage is there are no compatibility issues and no need for an interstem when grafting.

As quince and pear are only distantly related, not all pear cultivars are compatible with quince rootstock. To guarantee success, an interstem of Beurre Hardy should be used. This is a small section of compatible scion wood grafted between the quince rootstock and the incompatible pear variety.



Pear Rootstock Size Chart  
The mature size of Quince rootstock, compared to a full-size D6 pear seedling height.
Quince rootstock are used for both Quince and Pears.

The Minimum Order for Rootstock is a Quantity of 10 per Variety
Rootstock prices are listed as single units - for more information
please read our FAQ section 

For large orders and enquiries, please email

Please note: all percentages for mature tree size are given as a guide only and the eventual size of your grafted tree will be influenced by a number of factors, including the soil type and fertility, local climate conditions and the vigour of the scion wood cultivar.


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