Pete Lundy

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east central indiana
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 I have a pear tree that has fire blight. Would it be wise to cut it and graft a blight resistant variety onto the root stock?
Or should I cut it down completely and plant a resistant tree?

I bought two pear trees at the end of the session a couple of years ago from a farm store. They grew well. Two years
ago one tree had it, so I cut it back pretty hard. Seemed to help until this year. The other tree is clapps favorite which has
fire blight. I cut a by of it off earlier this year but it continued to spread through the tree. Not sure if either are grafted onto
root stock or not. I assume most trees are these days. Are root stock susceptible to fire blight? I live in Indiana. Wet springs.

Any thoughts or advice about this would be helpful.

2 years ago
You could try some attractants. They sell queen pheromone, or lemon grass or lemon balm are said to help.
I caught one out of two that I collected this year. I pretty much did the same thing. One stayed the other
left. The one that stayed I put in a nook (5 frame) the one that left was in a ten frame brood box.
I was thinking about this very question. One solution I came up with is a cage for the queen.
If you have a drawn frame, you could make a hardware cloth box to trap the queen and press into the wax.
This would keep her in the super for a few days and fill it with her pheromone. Haven't tried it, but
I heard the some people use this method to introduce a new queen. Might work.

2 years ago
I planted some hazels this year. My companion plants were aronia bushes and hardy pecan trees.
I live in Indiana. Our DNR has a program were you can buy some nursery stock of native trees and
shrubs on the cheep. They have all grown nicely. Did I mention they were about $50 for 100
specimens. I didn't get every one plants this spring. I'm trying to reforest about 2 acres around my
house. The hazels are c. americana I think. No blight, but small nuts. Plan to get some european
hybrid at some point to see how they do.
3 years ago
Some call it spiderwort. It's in the Tradescantia genus.
It growing around my house too. East central Indiana.

3 years ago
It's an eleagnus sp. Autumn olive and goumi are in this family.
At one time I think they planted them along roadsides for the birds but they don't
seem interested. They fix nitrogen. Some claim they are invasive. I planted four plants a
number of years ago and I have found a few volunteers. Mine were sweet scarlett goumi.

3 years ago
I've read about ten feet off the ground is best. It keeps them away from some predators.
Use a lemony scented lure.
3 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.
3 years ago
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.
3 years ago
Here in Indiana, the forestry service has a native plant sale. I bought 100 last year for about $45.
Some of them were just sticks but other were very large. Has some berries last year. This year they
are loaded.

Check for local and nearby states for them. Kantucky also has a program. Some of them will ship to
neghboring states.

3 years ago
I'm thinking about growing some Globe Artichokes (cynara sp), but I Live in Zone 5.
Some kind of winter protection will be needed.

Is it better to start with seeds or by division? I read about seeds not being true to type.

Is the harvest worth it? The amount of food looks kind of small per plant.

I'm sure the insects (bees, etc) will enjioy the flowers.

Is this a front yard plant or better out back?

Anybody with experience growing these in cool climates?

3 years ago