[NAFEX] Pixie crunch fruiting in fall
sbrandle at css.taylor.edu
Sun Nov 18 20:28:32 EST 2007
My little pixie crunch got frozen out this spring along with the rest of
the plants. I noticed sometime in September (or so) that it was
flowering again. I patted it gently on the head (so to speak) and told
it that I appreciated the effort, but that it shouldn't get too set on
producing fruit. "Wait until next spring and fruit your heart out then"
I advised it.
Anyway, it has fruit on it. About 3/4 inch diameter (~2cm). Given where
the temperatures are heading, this is not going to end well. But here's
the point of this posting: Could pixie crunch be self-fertile? To the
best of my knowledge, nothing malus-ish of mine was blooming. There may
have been some flowers on a neighbor's crab. I didn't look at the time
and didn't notice anything. We only have three neighbors who have any
form of apple within a 200 yard/meter radius.
So, it doesn't prove anything, but maybe pixie is self-fertile.
In zone 4B and changing, where pixies are making magical apples.
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