[NAFEX] Russian olives
jelie at new.rr.com
jelie at new.rr.com
Sat Oct 31 21:16:58 EDT 2009
I discovered an omission. I failed to mention that I placed the previously soaked seeds in the plastic bag with a damp paper towel and then placed that in the REFRIGERATOR.
---- jelie at new.rr.com wrote:
> Hey Lee,
> Sure, no problem with sending some seeds your way. Just send your address to me outside of the listserv and I will get them in the mail.
> I have to admit that I got the idea to order some igde/senjed fruit from the Plants for a Future website. There was some discussion on whether they were actually elaeagnus or some other fruit so I decided I would check it out for myself. I found they were in fact elaeagnus and knew I would plant out a few. The soaking regimen was roughly that recommended for apple pippins by Phil Forsline of the USDA. I soaked the seeds for about 4-6 days (sorry, wasn't keeping records) while repeating water changes. I then placed them in with a damp paper towel in a plastic bag and monitored. I periodically disinfected them with a 1:10 bleach solution as needed. At around 3 months I started planting them out but had no germination in the refrigerator up to that time. A few that remained were germinating in the refrigerator at around four months. I transplanted the rest of the seeds outdoors and have had good success with the seedlings coming up with no noticeable signs of disease or
> pests so far.
> My Trebizond Dates from One Green World seem to be holding their own so far. I transplanted all of them into larger containers after dividing some of the trunk sections. They seem to have had a decent year.
> Enjoyed your Uncommon Fruits
> Jim Elie
> Green Bay WI
> zone 4/5
> ---- Lee Reich <lreich at hvc.rr.com> wrote:
> > Hi Jim,
> > Any chance that I could get a half-dozen or so seeds of igde from you
> > for planting? Years ago I got some from the USDA but they never
> > germinated.
> > In my book about uncommon fruits, I wrote that the seeds did not
> > germinate readily, often waiting until the second season unless they
> > were nicked, soaked in acid, kept warm and moist for a few weeks,
> > cracked out of their seed coats, or washed for 6 days to leach out
> > inhibitors. Sounds like you found none of this to be true. (Maybe I
> > read my own book too closely about how hard the seeds are to germinate!)
> > If your seedlings are growing well, you're probably home free.
> > Whenever I've put in plants of King Red, they've always collapsed
> > before the end of their first season, something Hector Black, in
> > Tennessee, also noted.
> > Lee
> > Lee Reich, PhD
> > http://www.leereich.com/
> > Books by Lee Reich:
> > A Northeast Gardener's Year
> > The Pruning Book
> > Weedless Gardening
> > Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
> > Landscaping with Fruit
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