Monday, March 7, 2011

Lakota takes the cold

   We spent most of today cutting Lakota pecan scionwood. With a quick slice of the knife we found that Lakota did not exhibit the the same kind of internal browning we saw on our Pawnee wood (see previous post). I was kind of surprised by this because both Pawnee and Lakota represent hybrids of southern and northern cultivars. Pawnee is the results of Mohawk X  Starking Hardy Giant cross, while Lakota is a Mahan X Major cross. Could it be that having a female parent of Major make a clone more cold hardy? Remember that Kanza is a Shoshoni X Major cross and we've seen only green healthy bark this year on our Kanza scions.