NC-140 Tart Cherry Rootstock Trial
Project goal: To study the influence of rootstock on scion vigor and productivity.
Project description: This trial is replicated six times in different tart cherry growing regions of the United States: Michigan, New York, Utah, and Wisconsin. Each plot contains Montmorency tart cherry grown on nine rootstocks: Cass, Clare, Clinton, Crawford, Lake, MxM14, Gi 3, Gi5, Gi12 and all trees trained into a bush. Trees were planted at 5’ x 11.5’ in a randomized complete block design. During the tree establishment phase data was collected on trunk circumference, canopy size, and tree mortality. During the mature/production years additional data will be collected on yield per block mechanically harvested, and fruit quality (size, weight, brix).
Project lead/collaborators: Nikki Rothwell and Greg Lang
Funding sources: NC-140 funds
Start year: 2017
End year: 2024