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RE: Need help identifying this plum.. Wild? (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: jmsimpson9 on 07.08.2010 at 02:17 am in Fruit & Orchards Forum

This afternoon I collected and cleaned a bunch of seeds from fruit that was over ripe and had fallen. Give me a week or so and I will send out seed to anyone that wants to try and start some for an SASE.

Come winter when the tree is dormant I will get cuttings for grafting. My thought is to start some of the seeds, let them grow for a year and the following year I will graft the original tree onto some of seedlings.

This winter I will graft some pieces onto my existing trees as "just in case" insurance.

I am real curious if the seeds will come true or not or even be viable. Anyone that is interested in seeds or some scions, pop me an email and I will start a list and let you know what postage will run for the seeds.

I have never started plums from seed before but I read they need to be cold stratified for a few months before sowing.

On the earthquake stuff, I work in Riverside, we really felt it strong. Had me thinking if it got much stronger I was going to head under my desk.

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clipped on: 07.13.2010 at 11:20 pm    last updated on: 07.13.2010 at 11:21 pm

The EarthTainer 'Farm' Update - July 4 (pics)

posted by: rnewste on 07.04.2010 at 07:43 pm in Container Gardening Forum

July is kicking into high gear with temps in the low 90s the past few days. The Sun shade over the main bed is working fine, with most all the plants now being topped at 72 inches.

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From left to right: Druzba, Purple Haze F4, JC Special C-Tex, and Japanese Black Trifele

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Now harvesting: JBT, Early Girl, Bloody Butcher, Danko, and German Red Strawberry. Goose Creek is blushing:

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Not without issues however, as my Brandywine Cowlicks are developing several bronze stems, and one Goose Creek plant is wilting:

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The mistake I made was waiting until June 20 to apply Serenade, and Daconil. Next year on May 1, I am going to do a regimen of: Excel LG, Serenade, Actinovate, and Daconil on a rotating basis every Saturday morning. If I don't develop major amounts of infection, I will drop the Daconil from the spraying rotation cycle before fruit develops.

My real standout 'Tainer houses a pair of Big Beef plants. This 'Tainer is located in the worst spot of the yard, alongside the Hot Tub, and in addition, was Number 31 planted, a full month behind the other tomatoes put in beginning March 17. Like a green forest inside, and loaded with tomatoes that are hard to spot:

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I've had to add second cages to the Bell Peppers as they are now over the top of the first cage:

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Another lession I've learned is that even with the large size of the EarthTainers, 6 Pepper plants makes it too crowded, and next Season, I will back it down to 4 plants each:

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The first "crop" of sweetcorn has matured and is ready for picking today:

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Most stalks have developed 2 ears this year, where last Season, only a few doubled up:

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And the hand pollination assist seems to have paid off:

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One of the "fringe" benefits of the plants growing tall now is that I can scamper in to, and out of the Hot Tub sans-bathing suit, without hearing the neighborhood-lady "shrieking" anymore!!!

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Raybo

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clipped on: 07.09.2010 at 12:09 pm    last updated on: 07.09.2010 at 12:10 pm