[nafex] Re: Elaeagnus family (how to approach unknown plants)

Don Yellman dyellman at earthlink.net
Tue Mar 27 10:07:56 EST 2001


Robert: I think if I had this plant I would just step back and enjoy it for a
while.  There is normally some objective in mind before one goes out to
graft, hand-pollinate or otherwise manipulate a plant.  (Ready, fire, aim.)
How are your other extensive planting plans proceeding?  I hope I was able to
prevail on you to scale back a little on the numbers of plants lest they
become too crowded.  Having planted a somewhat unusual fruiting bush, you are
already a certified fruit explorer.  Study up on Eleagnus, and exchange
experiences with other growers.  But let your little bush grow peacefully for
now.
Best Regards, Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA

"Robert H." wrote:

> Thank you all for the information. This really encourages me to
> explore this plant more.  On first look I think is the Thorny
> Elaeagnus.  I do remember some small thorns and the plant had
> currently a few fruits on them.
>
> I am still curious about the exploration part of this endevor. If you
> all had the plant, what would be the next step?
> I guess this would be more directed at Hector Black for this
> particular plant, but ask this question for all plant in general.
>
> Would you try a grafting? will it work?
> Should I try hand pollenating and see what seed I get?
> ...or are these the kind of questions that a general horticultural
> degree would answer?
>
> Though I am new at this fruit stuff, at some point I will want to dig
> deeper. I will want to help out the NAFEX and/or Elaeagnus group.
> Walking the same path as everyone else will not add to the knowledge.
>
> I got the plants. Once there established and bering fruit, where do I
> go from there?
>
>
>
>
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