[NAFEX] mulberry/ juneberries, status report
Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Wed May 14 13:17:30 EDT 2003
Rarely do any mulberries make it back to the house, but I have, on a couple of
occasions, MADE the kids pick a quart or two to make pies with. The kids and
I usually just congregate around the trees and graze 'til we pick 'em all, or
The two young M.alba seedlings -one was supposed to be a named variety, the
other was supposed to be M.rubra - but neither are what they were purchased as
- are ripening a few fruits here and there - picked a few while I was mowing
last weekend. Illinois Everbearing and Collier are turning red, and the young
"Packy" from scions Gordon sent me a couple of years back is ripening a few
berries this year.
Checked my juneberries this morning - there'll be some ready to pick - if the
birds don't get 'em first - within a week.
Even my pluot set a few fruits this year - 'course, the curculios have already
been at work on them.
Evans and Montmorency cherries are bearing good crops this time - haven't
looked at 'em in a week or so, but don't suspect that they're ripening just
Sparse bloom and fruit set on any of the apples - some bloomed last fall,
after severe drought stress followed by good late summer/early fall rains
Pears have set decent crops, and I think we had enough frost during/after
bloom, that I won't need to do much thinning(like I ever do it anyway) on my
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