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Bulletin

Abstract

Mahaleb Stock.— Investigation will determine the fact that the use of the Mahaleb as a stock on which to bud the cultivated varieties of the cherry is becoming general in the nurseries o f the Eastern, Middle and Western States. Millions of the plants are annually imported and grown in the Eastern States,and a visit to any one of our larger nurseries in August will show busy gangs inserting the buds of about every variety catalogued, under the bark of the cheap and easily worked Prunus mahaleb. Yet at every horticultural meeting, where the subject comes up for disscussion, the most diverse views are expressed by practical fruit growers as to the value o f the stock for all varieties and all soils.

Turning to any one of the standard works on propagation of the Eastern or Western Continent, we discover some o f the reasons for the well known opposing views of orchardists. As to its adaptation to varied soils Loudon says: “The most effectual dwarfing stock for the cherry is the Mahaleb, which however will not succeed on the generality of soils in England. Dubreuil recommends the wild red cherries for clayey and light soils, and the Mahaleb for soils of a light, sandy or chalky nature.”

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