[NAFEX] Bearing Age of Date Trees

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Sun Nov 10 21:51:48 EST 2002

That's actually true, FROM SEED, but not for all dates.  The 80 years to
bearing is the upper extreme, though many take 20 years or more to bear from
seed.  That's one reason dates are grown from offshoots (called pups) of
bearing trees - offshoots come into bearing sooner.  The California Rare
Fruit Growers have had some very good articles on dates, just a couple of
issues back.  Go to http://www.crfg.org to find out when the article was in
the magazine.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, more, plus word on The Grape Grower at

From: Phil Norris <cousinphil at acadia.net>
Reply-To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 16:57:42 -0500
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [NAFEX] Bearing Age of Date Trees

My neighbor came over today with a story about a certain kind of date
tree that takes 80 years to bear fruit.  The story illustrated how
important knowledge is passed from generation to generation in some

Before I could stop myself I found myself doubting the validity of the
story.  I really don't know but it seems against the very nature of the
plant kingdom for any species to take 80 year to mature.

Anyone know of any plant that takes that long to bear fruit?

Phil Norris
Clayfield Farm
East Blue Hill ME

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