Greg Martin

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I should probably add that mine are in a somewhat sheltered spot, so no strong winds.  And if they end up leafing out then the leaves will die if the temps go back below freezing.  But when they are dormant they can take dips into the 20s.  Some varieties have been known to go lower during dormancy and wake up fine.

Right now I'm waking up one of my potted figs in my sunroom and it's starting to push out this year's figs already!  That one will have to stay inside until we're done going below freezing.
10 hours ago
I try not to uncover mine until I know it won't get colder than the 20s.
1 day ago
Slow going in trying to find dwarf forms, but here is another arboretum, this one in Newark, OH, that says they have one.  Their site lists it as 'Nana' and has an accession number, so progress, maybe?
I'm curious if this is the same tree as the one in MN.
2 days ago

Christopher Weeks wrote:It looks like the arboretum has a ton of specimens. I wonder if it's allowed to gather pods while there.

Any idea if they have more than one dwarf form?  So far they haven't gotten back to me about their dwarf.  I bet they wouldn't mind someone gathering a few pods.  If I ever get a chance to get out there and if this one is male I'd be asking about if it was ok to snip a few scions for grafting to do breeding work with.  Seeds would be ideal, though.  I'd also love to buy a dwarf form if I could find one.  With them being a landscape arboretum I'm really hopeful that they can direct me to a nursery.  My fingers are still crossed.
3 days ago

Joylynn Hardesty wrote:Hmmm... The trees are male, or female, or sometimes both. Like mulberries. I was not able to find how old the tree is when it begins to flower, or bear fruit. Did anyone find that info?

Yeah, those plants that have both male and female flowers (monoecious) would be wonderful for a plant breeding project.  If anyone can send seeds from a monoecious tree, I will do some breeding and selection work!  Online I also found a picture of a dwarf form at an arboretum in Minnesota.  I contacted them to try and find out more about that tree's origins and if there's any way to get one.  It might be wonderful to have dwarf monoecious plants for harvesting the immature seeds from as a perennial giant pea tree, no?!

Here's the picture of that dwarf tree.  I don't see pods and apparently that picture was taken in September, so probably a male?  I'll update if I learn more about it.
5 days ago
What did the chemist say to her valentine?
I think of you periodically.

What did the painter say to his valentine?
I love you with all of my art.

What did the chef give to his valentine?
A hug and a quiche.

And all I got for y'all are some corny valentine jokes!  Happy Valentine's Day!
1 week ago
Alan Bergo just got me interested in this plant!  Anyone growing this in zone 5 or 6?
1 week ago
Although hopiness plants set lots of lovely flowers, I've read that their flowers require more force for a bee to open and that this can reduce the number of pods that form.  I wonder if we could select for flowers that are easier to get into.
Also there's the issue with many northern strains being triploids and not setting seeds.  So another issue is selecting for diploids that ripen seeds in a short season.
2 weeks ago
Reaching out to the Permieverse to see if anyone knows of Apios plants that set a lot of pods/seeds or larger pods/seeds.  I just bought some seeds from the Experimental Farm Network that I'll plant out to see how they produce and I have some plants that have set a few pods for me already growing in my forest garden.  I'm really interested in selecting for heavy seed production if possible, as I'd love to have some cold hardy perennial bean plants.  Hopniss seems like it has the potential to deliver this.
Here's an image from online just to show how lovely the pods look

3 weeks ago
Yup, a foot of dry snow is wonderful insulation!

A foot of soaking wet snow....umm, then I'll take the wind.
3 weeks ago