[NAFEX] Ginko fruit
qazingulaza at gmail.com
Fri Oct 16 20:06:26 EDT 2009
I usually collect gingkos nuts from the University of Iowa- Iowa City
campus. For some reason they planted a lot of females, it really gets
to be a pretty messy & pungent area... I heard rumors that Hmong
folks were collecting them as well.
On Oct 16, 2009, at 6:10 PM, Stephen Sadler wrote:
> Weird. I just read an article about ginkgos in landscaping saying
> that the intent is to plant or provide only males, but sometimes a
> female gets through. But, come to think of it, that was about local
> plantings by agencies. That report seems to bear fruit – I haven’t
> yet run across a female tree in the many city plantings. The writer
> did interview a man who discovered that his male tree wasn’t.
> Neither he nor his immediate neighbors were amused by the smell of
> the fruit.
> So maybe Tech wanted an all-girl gingko planting?
> BTW, my spell check does not object to ginkgo or gingko, which is
> good. I can never remember whether it’s k before g except after n,
> or g before k.
> ~ Stephen
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> ] On Behalf Of Kieran &/or Donna
> Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 10:03 AM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Ginko fruit
> I've noticed something weird about ginkgos. Though they supposedly
> come in male and female, all the trees at Tech bear fruit. I think
> that male-only trees may be rarer than we are led to believe, and
> that when a tree gets old enough (15-25 years I have heard) it's
> likely to start cropping. So maybe all you need to do is call your
> county ag agent and ask him if he's had some complaints about the
> smell of gingko fruits someplace public. Another thing you can do
> is cut long whippy branches and stick them most of the way into the
> ground. This is the book "Herbal Emissaries". I haven't tried it,
> though I keep thinking I will. I think you are supposed to cut them
> in late summer, about 6' long, and leave only a foot or so sticking
> out. Donna
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