[NAFEX] Growing Amelanchier

Hal Love lovehd at comcast.net
Thu Nov 5 16:40:04 EST 2009


I germinated quite a few of those seeds that mIEKAL sent me several years
ago. I stratified them for 3-4 months and they started germinating while
still in the refrigerator. I have three of the "trees" in my yard, but these
are still fairly small ( kept them in pots too long). I sent a couple to my
father in AR and one had reached 7 ft last year. I have given the seedlings
to many of my friends, so maybe one of these days, some of these will start
to fruit.

Hal
zn 6/7 TN

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "mIEKAL aND" <qazingulaza at gmail.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 3:13 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Growing Amelanchier


I've posted this to the list previously.  In Minneapolis near the 3rd
Street bridge, there is a Hardy's that has 3-4 A x grandiflora planted
as landscape plants.  They were heavy with very large (for saskatoons)
fruit that had good flavor.  I've never had saskatoons anywhere that I
would describe as sweet but these were plants that had a lot of
potential.  I was never able to germinate all the fruit I collected,
not sure why.  This was a few years back so no idea if they are still
there.

~mIEKAL


On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 3:08 PM, Douglas Woodard <dwoodard at becon.org> wrote:
> Lucky, my observation of Amelanchier X grandiflora (I think) seedlings
> at a conservation planting near here was that the berries were big and
> juicy (solids content apparently lower than A. laevis) but not as
> strongly flavoured as A. laevis, and the production was rather sparse.
> How do yours produce?
>
> Doug Woodard
> St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
> Niagara Peninsula
>
>
> Dr. Lucky Pittman wrote:
>> I have several A.alnifolia selections growing here, but can rarely beat
the
>> birds to any of the fruit.
>> Nice little A.laevis tree in town at the public library bears heavily
every
>> year, and I can pick gallons at a time.
>> Have several row-run A.X grandiflora plants, purchased as 1-yr seedlings,
>> from the now-defunct Bear Creek Nursery, that I planted at my kids'
>> elementary school about 10 years ago - they bear big, tasty berries -
twice
>> the size of the A.laevis fruits - my wife liked them well enough that
I'll
>> be trying my hand at propagating them from cuttings and grafting some
onto
>> apple & hawthorn rootstocks to see which works best.
>>
>> Lucky Pittman
>> Hopkinsville, KY
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