[NAFEX] Nanking Cherries
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Wed Feb 24 23:51:13 EST 2010
On Feb 24, 2010, at 3:52 PM, Douglas Woodard wrote:
> mIEKAL, have you had any indication that Nanking cherry plants from
> sources produce better seedlings than from others, especially from the
> point of view of size and usefulness of the fruit?
A lot of my early seedling stock was from Bear Creek, & the mother
plants were all fairly uniform. Over the last 15 years I've been
growing out seed from the best fruiting & most vigorous trees. As
Ernest says, you get a little bit of everything. & for me there is
high percentage of mortality with nankings, I've had a lot of them die
on me literally overnight. They definitely don't like wet feet & my
site is on heavy clay loam.
We had a planting on well-drained bottomland & they grew like weeds,
full sized & fully fruiting in 3 years.
> I wonder if some nurseries sell plants of seedling lines that have
> selected for the fruit while others sell unselected plants. I seem to
> recall that in the past one or more nurseries on the Canadian Prairies
> claimed to sell seedling plants from selected lines though I've
> forgotten which.
I've never seen "improved strains" of Nanking, & for zones 4-5 upper
midwest where we don't have a lot of cherry options Nanking has always
worked well. & in particularly, for my purposes, they make really
good wine, lot of character without imparting that fake cherry taste
that a lot of commercial cherry juices have. I've also used them in
permaculture plantings where they make a good understory species as
long as they get a half day sun or more.
Brian Smith from UW - River Falls has convinced me try Prunus Besseyi
which he is having a lot of luck with. I've located some generic
nursery seed, I hoping some day to get some of his selected seeds.
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