bunn (bunn) wrote,

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 Today I have planted my first North Devon Mazzard.  Both the mazzards are variety Hannaford, and are growing on Colt rootstock*, which is a semi-dwarfing rootstock. 

I've put it near the spot where I removed a very unsuccessful apple.  I have three really good big apple trees, two eaters and a cooker, so didn't need this one and it's never done well.  I suspect it was a Golden Delicious, which seem to be almost impossible to grow organically.   So, bye bye apple, hello mazzard cherry.

I was worried about planting too many trees in the upper garden, but having read up on Colt rootstocks, it sounds as though the size of the tree can be quite reasonably restricted to about 10-15 feet or even less. Bending the branches down to create a horizontal structure seems like an interesting approach, and I'm inclined to try this with my mazzards. 

Though that said, all three of my pruning books recommend different approaches to cherry pruning, and the web adds many more... 

Am wondering whether to put the 2 Mazzards side by side, and the Tamar cherry (which I think will get bigger) further up the garden, or stick to my original plan and put the second Mazzard in the front of the house on the bank. 

The rootstock used for the Morwellham pear is labelled as one of the quince rootstocks, but I can't work out on the label if it's quince A, or C.  I'm assuming Quince C as I was told 'vigorous' and C is faster than A.  Am still agonising over whether it will be too shaded if I put it to the North of the big holly tree.

I'm still worried that my best apple, which didn't do so well last year though it was generally a good apple year, is too shaded. For this reason I've started cutting back the over-tall beech hedge which quite clearly has designs on becoming a line of trees. I really should have done this earlier... I've also had a go at one of the very decayed plum trees which was overcome with ivy, thus creating an annoying amount of shade...

Oh, the ransoms I planted are now doing really well and spreading like mad. I must try making some bread with those to make an interestingly garlicky bread.

*Confusingly, in the USA 'Mazzard' is apparently itself a widely used rootstock.  I'm not sure if this is the same sort of mazzard.
Tags: garden, mazzards, tamar valley, trees

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