[NAFEX] Pluots in the east
alandhaigh at gmail.com
Mon May 25 13:02:23 EDT 2009
I once managed an estate orchard that had been planted with a lot of trees
from Dave Wilson Nursery. The various pluots always would send out a
glorious floral display and be swarming with bees but after all the spring
dramatics summer would bring not more than a handful of delicious fruit.
Someone suggested that flower blossums can be damaged by cold but still
appear normal and produce pollen but not fruit. Never heard this theory
repeated. Anyone have any information on this situation. I'm figuring that
warmer spring weather is needed than we have here to get a good set from a
lot of these CA bred varieities.
There were also a lot of extremely bland Asian pears on the site- varieties
that I assume have to be grown under a stronger sun.
As far as the quality of Reliance (I guess Reliant is the name of my
woodburner) they are big and beautiful as grown here but soft and a little
watery compared to a great peach. Much better than something shipped from
CA or GA after being picked 2 weeks too early.
My question is just about how much extra cold hardiness does its vegetative
buds have over other peaches, if any?
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