[NAFEX] How to become a "fruit explorer"

Jack Wigal kr8z at zzzip.net
Sun Nov 28 11:20:09 EST 2004

Deb,   The horticultural departments of many Universities have loads of info on growing fruits and veggies.  Some have detailed info on grafting, including pictures that show how to do it.

Jack Wigal
I may be ur neighbor, as I live across the river from Belpre

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Deb Schneider 
  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2004 4:15 PM
  Subject: [NAFEX] How to become a "fruit explorer"

  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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