I'm looking for Montmorency Cherry or something similar. I didn't harvest mine this year because they were wormy for the first time ever. I lost a main branch on the tree and it's very off balance. Don't think it'll live long, but I'll try to take care of it. I haven't decided on radicle pruning or a 4x4 post.
I'd also like to try peaches with some good quality like late blooming or disease resistant. I have some Red Haven, but I've heard they don't usually germinate.
Damson or other European plums would be great too.
I have some damson plum growing in our yard (I have no idea what the tree is, only that it is most likely damson), and it has just begun to drop the fruits. It's quite sweet, and of course quite hardy, since I live in Finland. I could collect those very easily. And for cherries, well I live near a botanical garden that has many varieties of cherries growing. Now I'm not sure if there are any tart cherries left, but there is most likely lots of seed on the ground, since people have beem eating them while passing the trees. Those I could also collect.
I am in return VERY interested in all your walnuts, pecan and persimmon. Hazelnuts I have also, in case you want to exchange them for some genetical variety.
Since I'm a newbie, I don't know yet if the seeds should be first dried, or kept moist all times, but that info might be readily availale in the interwebs .
I'm afraid shipping seeds internationally probably has all kinds of regulations. I'm not sure if it can be done legally. Maybe someone on here can tell us?
I think the walnuts failed to produce this year. We had whole trees stripped by fall web worms last year. I haven't been around any persimmons or pecans. I'll look around.
here are some pictures that I hastily took. They sure look like damsons. But they could also be small plums . About the sourness...I find them rather sweet, with maybe a bitterish aftertaste. Then again to my taste a cherry is sour, a lemon is sour, but never a plum!
The fruits are now all over our yard and everybody is trying their hardest not to step on them. Accidents do happen .
Rebecca Norman wrote:I'm also looking for peach seeds that would be adapted to cold winters and dry climates (with irrigation, but very dry winds). My shipping address is in US.
If you want a Peach with those specific characteristics, is better to buy a graft cultivars.....with seeds you'll never know what you will have.
Does anyone? They are quite sweet, and all the other plums/damsons in our yard are not so much. Then again, they might be cross pollinated, so you might end up with anything, but isn't that the fun of it ?
I have also thought about sending and receiving scion wood..I wonder would they survive the travel.
I'll probably scrub some pits clean and put them into moist vermiculite, pack and ship them on monday-tuesday. I hope that will suffice and not get them moldy.
Would you like to trade shipping info on private mess---ahem--MOOSEAGES or e-mail?
I have had good success with peach pits that sprouted from my compost. They were in my wicking barrels so I let them grow there for two years then planted them out. They started to get peach leaf curl which is a problem here. I had the opportunity to cover them and that stopped the leaf curl. one of them turned out to be a nectarine. It produced so heavy that it broke its branches. It is sweeter than the peaches and free stone..
I cant seem to get any plums because of brown rot and codling moths.
I can sympathise. My harvests have continually improved with a couple of simple things to balance the system. One is alight trap to collect the moths at night. a source of chicken feed. gather up all fallen fruit. another source of chicken food. Create habitat for paper wasps. Not yellow jackets or other wasps that have enclosed nests because they love sweet thing just as much as meat. The paper wasp has a longer segment between the thorax and abdomen and longer back legs. They make an open nest of paper cells on a stalk. They are not aggressive like wasps and hornets that enclose their nest. They carefully patrol my trees and vines for eggs and larva before they can enter the fruit or when they emerge. Because their nests are open they are built in sheltered locations like under the eaves of buildings and in greenhouses and hoop houses. Because their nests are open they are very observant. They will recognise you as a regular part of their environment that is not threatening. When You see them standing on the nest talk to them. They seem to like to be acknowledged. Occasionally they have built nests in movable objects where it is not convenient and they have allowed me to move it new location without stinging me.
My mother gren gauge is 30 feet tall and the moths don't seem to get up that high and the seedlings I am pruning to stay within the hoop houses as an overstory for my raspberries so they get the benefit ot the traps and paper wasps and can be harvested for market.
Do you want me to save you some of the nectarine seeds?
Do you have plans for the light trap?
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