I have two of these goumi plants they have flowered like crazy for the two spring seasons I have had them and despite the bees enjoying the flowers thus far have failed to produce any sign of fruit. The soil I planted them in was clay where the top soil was removed but I have mulched over the top.
Any ideas about the lack of fruit?
Do I need another Elaeagnus species to pollinate them or am I just being impatient?
Mine are two years old and bloomed well but set no fruit. On my last property I had goumis that didn't set fruit until they were 4-5 years old, despite the nursery telling me they would fruit after one year. So don't worry, probably yours will fruit next year.
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I've had mine for about 4 or 5 years and they flower a bunch and have had fruit for a few years.
Not sure what to do with them. They have unique flavor profile. I've read that I should wait
until they are very red so the sugars will build up.
I've found two volunteers in my pine windbreak. One had a few flowers, but I don't think they set fruit.
They other is probably only two year old and is small. They will spread on their own, but I don't know
how aggressive they are. With free fruit, I'm not sure I care.
I have clay soil here in Indiana and they seem to grow fine. They are a named variety Sweet Scarlet from
Rolling River Nursery. The plants have done great. I have them planted by some fruit trees.
I literally planted two earlier this year and one has already set fruit, the other is shaded under a walnut and may take a bit longer. Are the birds just getting stealing the fruit out from under you? I have a Red Gem and a Sweet Scarlet, the scarlet being the one with fruit. However it was only a couple berries.
Location: east central indiana
posted 4 years ago
I don't notice the birdseating the fruit. They are among other trees and bushes that may distact them.
Seems like I remember reading that many forestry deprtment planted Autum olive for the purpose of
being easy to get and for bird food, but found that they kind of took over and the birds didn't
eat the berries much. I'm not sure of the natural habitat of the elagnus species, but maybe we don't
have the birds or animals that like them.
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