[NAFEX] jujube in a pot
lreich at hvc.rr.com
Sun Jan 8 10:54:40 EST 2006
This quote from my book Uncommon Fruits for every Garden (Timber
Press, 2004) should help clarify some of this thread:
Small, inconspicuous, yellow flowers grow in clusters of
one to half a dozen or more in leaf axils of the growing branchlets.
Flower buds are initiated the same year the flowers open. The plants
have an extended blossoming period that continues sporadically
throughout the growing season, with the first blossoms to mature
being those closest to the base of a branchlet. Artificial lighting,
such as a streetlight, can further prolong the flowering period.
Individual flowers, however, are receptive to pollen for only a day
Pollination needs of the jujube are not clearly defined.
Some cultivars need cross-pollination and others are either self-
fertile or set parthenocarpic fruits, but these needs might change
with climate. Allegedly self-fertile clones commonly set more and
larger fruit with cross-pollination. That said, there are some
cultivars, such as ‘Silverhill’, ‘Swoboda’, and ‘Leon Burk’, that set
prodigious crops in isolation, yielding stones with aborted kernels.
Lee Reich, PhD
Books by Lee Reich:
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
A Northeast Gardener's Year
The Pruning Book
On Jan 7, 2006, at 10:47 AM, Bassem Samaan wrote:
> >I'm not familiar with the persimmon but the jujube in the photo
> album is outstanding.
> >I've had them to bloom when small but never had fruit on such a
> small tree, any
> secret to it? LDavis, zone 7B/8A midGA
> It's very impressive how it fruited... I actually got it while in
> fruit... from Edible Landscaping... I have a large Li jujube in my
> yard that been blooming for 2 years but no fruit... But this one
> was grown at edible landscaping greenhouse... Mik mcconky said he
> didn't have any jujubes close by in same greenhouse... and no
> Li suppose to be partially self-fertile... I didn't see it
> produce.. so I ended up planting another variety next to it.. which
> is Lang. It's amazing that Mike had other jujubes that fruited in a
> pot... I've also seen someone else has a tree that fruited in a
> container... What I'm guessing is... rain will hinder the fruiting.
> so if it's in a greenhouse... the pollen won't be damaged by
> rain... Another thing could be humidity... low humidity may have a
> Here's that photo again: http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b172/
> Bassem Zone 6, pa
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