[NAFEX] Persimmon IDs? Geneva Long

Dr. Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Thu Sep 10 12:11:16 EDT 2009


Thanks, Jerry

But, now I’m back to being confused.

Those photos of Geneva Long look identical to what my ‘NC-10’ is producing – elongate fruits that drop free from the calyx, 2+” length X 1.5” diameter – and similar in appearance to the line-drawing JHG has of NC-10 on his website – and he indicates that it ripens in early September.

The tree that I *thought* I had grafted with Geneva Long scions from JHG produced a nice, average-size (1.5”) round fruit with good flavor; nice, but no better than many unselected natives I’ve had the opportunity to sample.

 

These were the first two persimmons I ever grafted – early in my orcharding career – and the only persimmon varieties I had at the time.  You’d think a guy could keep two varieties straight, but I may have gotten ‘em switched.

 

Lucky

 

Hi Lucky,

I know you found the answer to your question.  Thought I'd send pictures of Geneva Long taken last year anyway for the possible benefit to other readers. Lee Brumley and John Raymond helped with photography and may have been their work. NC-10 isn't in my collection so have no pictures of it. 



It is so easy to mix up accessions when taking multiple varieties of the same species to the field. I've done it more than once. Another problem is forgetting to label the graft or record it in the filed records. Then go back an hour later and try to remember which variety was grafted. Switching material is such a problem that the USDA Grape Repository at Davis, CA that sells varietal material instituted a rule a few years back.  Only one variety on the working tables at a time. They too had a problem of switching cultivars. 

Jerry

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