[NAFEX] Pluots in Nebraska

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Tue Sep 29 17:10:32 EDT 2009

> Bill, it might be worthwhile to thin your Flavor Grenade considerably more next year and then see if it appears to ripen. Crop load can make a difference.

Thanks, Doug. (It was also a LOT cooler than normal here this year. Some 
things didn't want to ripen as well because of that, I believe.)

In fact, I deliberately left too much fruit on everything this year, as 
an experiment. I'm having a hard time keeping most of my plantings as 
small as I want them, so I wondered if letting them fruit a bunch would 
slow them down.

I think that worked, to some extent, but I don't know if I'll do it 
again. In some cases (but by no means all), the fruit stayed a bit too 
small. Well, I expected that, and it's not a big deal for me. But I 
really had a hard time holding up branches that were too heavy with 
fruit. And I wonder if I'd have less trouble with disease if they were 
thinned better. (Again, the cool summer probably didn't help.)

But in many cases, I just ended up with far more fruit than I could 
possibly use. I gave fruit away to everyone I knew - and even neighbors 
I didn't know - and I still had too much of it (the Concord grapes, 
particularly). My refrigerator freezer is so full that I can't get 
ANYTHING else inside. I've repacked it several times, just to try to 
make a little more room. It's kind of ridiculous.

So next year, I'm going to try to concentrate on quality, rather than 


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