[NAFEX] Sloe Cultivars?
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Oct 29 09:16:21 EDT 2007
I have sloe from seed. I've never heard of select cultivars of it
myself. The fruit is still on the tree even now - it hangs forever and
is too astringent to be very good fresh. The fruits on mine are about
the size and color of Concord grapes. I got mine because P. spinosa is
one of the parent species of P. domestica and P. insititia and I wanted
to try to cross it. It took somewhere around 14 years to come into
bearing from seed, though.
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On Oct 28, 2007, at 11:11 PM, Spidra Webster wrote:
I've been enjoying a number of British podcasts and blogs and many of
them have talked about sloes and homemade sloe gin. Which has fired
my desire to add Prunus spinosa to my edible landscape. However, not
only have I only found one US nursery selling it (so far), my quick
Googling hasn't turned up any information about improved cultivars.
Are there none? If so, is that because it comes true from seed or is
it because sloes are "good enough" for sloe gin and haven't needed
any improvement? I just want to know what's out there before I pull
the trigger and make an impulse purchase.
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