[NAFEX] Fruit Exploring Year

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Apr 13 20:52:53 EDT 2007


This may seem elementary, but after the freeze damage in much of the 
central part of the country, this is an excellent year to go fruit 
exploring.  Not just for fruits that escaped the freeze, but for 
varieties and species that do unusual things, like produce a crop from 
secondary shoots.  Also, the shock of the freeze is apt to bring out 
sports from buried buds forced into life by the damage to the trees.  
There was a spate of new apple sports in Washington State after a 
freeze in the 1950's froze trees back to the main limbs and forced many 
old buried buds.
So keep your eyes peeled for anything unexpected this year.  There is 
an excellent chance that there will be some hidden treasures coming out 
of the event.
-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.
For even more grape lessons, go to  http://www.grapeschool.com
For growing supplies and more;  http://www.grapegrowersolutions.com
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