[NAFEX] How to become a "fruit explorer"

Lon Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Sat Nov 27 19:11:34 EST 2004

The Grafter's Handbook by Garner is definitely useful.  Learning how to 
graft is a basic skill for fruit exploring.
The thorny tree sounds like a hawthorne.  If so, an apple won't 
pollinate it.  Pears can be grafted on a number of hawthorne species, 
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Nov 27, 2004, at 1:15 PM, Deb Schneider wrote:

I'm pretty new to "fruiting"...mostly I've grown berries in the past.  
I've now started a small orchard (Kristin, Lapins and Bali cherry, a 
4-in-1 Pluot, Queen Cox Apple, and Comice and Warren pears.

I am fascinated with the stories in Pomona about people riding around 
their neighborhoods discovering interesting fruits.  I'm wondering do 
folks knock on doors and ask to try the fruit or collect a sample?  How 
does one go about identifying what's safe to eat and what isn't?  I 
don't know a scion from a sapling...is there a good VERY basic book 
that describes what NAFEX experts are doing when the take a piece of a 
tree and start a new plant?

I live out in the country and often see interesting berry bushes, old 
fruit trees, even long ignored orchards.  I have a thorny tree (the 
blossoms look like apple blossoms) that has never fruited...I wonder if 
it might be a wild apple?  Would it set fruit if my Queen Cox 
pollinates it?


Deb Schneider
SE Ohio Zone 5b

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