[NAFEX] Blueberries finished

Kevin Moore aleguy33 at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 24 14:37:21 EDT 2009

Richard, I live in Southern Louisiana, so I guess our weather is very similar. My grapefruit is pink and very sweet as always. I don't know the variety of the grapefruit or the fig since they came with the house. The figs aren't much unless I dry them, so it's not one of the varieties that most people grow locally. Unfortunately, in my ignorance I cut down the almond trees that were here. I thought they were peaches that just wouldn't make decent fruit. I have a lot of experimental plantings planned pending approval of SWMBO. Mostly I'd like to try Equadoran cherries. They should bear here, I think. I'm told there aren't enough chilling hours for Prunus avium, though the University of California has developed some ultra low-chill varieties that I'v been wondering about.

Another triple digit day here with no rain in sight. 10 inches below normal for this month.
Kevin z9

From: Richard Harrison <rharrison922 at yahoo.com>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:21:18 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Blueberries finished

      You sound like you could be my neighbor. It was a record 103 in Tallahassee, FL yesterday and 100 here in Marianna. My blueberries are trying to run out here, too, with just a smattering of fruit left on some bushes. I don't think I have any of the real late-ripeners. I planted them to have about a dozen varieties but when they fruited I found many were mislabeled.
      There are still a few Duncan grapefruit hanging on some trees here. Some have dropped. I find that Duncan wasn't as mild early in the season last year as normal----so they actually taste much better now! Another man I know strll has some pink grapefruit left up high, but I haven't been brave enough in the heatwave to go pick them!
      It's very dry again here--with drip irrigation running. The chance for showers is on the increase, though. Are you in Florida?
                                                      Richard Harrison, NW FL
My Beer's Black/Negronne first crop of figs is gone now. The season lasted about 3 weeks. The next crop looks good, too, but probably won't begin until after Celeste and Green Greek start ripening.

--- On Tue, 6/23/09, Kevin Moore <aleguy33 at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Kevin Moore <aleguy33 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [NAFEX] Blueberries finished
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 4:34 PM

Sorry, I forgot someone was keeping track. My blueberries finished up two weeks ago. Grapefruit is almost gone, starting to drop. Figs should come in in two or three weeks. My Honoeye strawberries are working on their second flush, but this damned heat wave is relly stressing them. Triple digits today with no rain for three weeks now.
Kevin Z9

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