[NAFEX] Looking South
scott at cs.jhu.edu
Fri Dec 16 08:45:31 EST 2011
David, I agree on the fuzzy kiwis, they have also been one of the most positive surprises for me in Maryland. I have yet to lose a crop due to freeze or have any winter dieback on them, and they are highly prolific and tasty. I have had good luck getting Saanichton to harvest in time; I harvest them in mid-November and put them in the fridge until February, at which point they are delicious. Elmwood I have heard likes a somewhat longer season; mine died and I didn't replace it. Several other fuzzy varieties I had required too long of a season, so it is important to get varieties with short seasons. Exbury and Blake are two other varieties with supposedly shorter seasons but they have not fruited for me yet.
I am also thinking of re-planting some muscadines. They generally did OK for me but every few years I got significant dieback on some varieties. I expect there are a few varieties more hardy which would do fine. I pulled them because they were in too shady a spot and were never going to fruit.
Scott z7 MD
On Dec 14, 2011, at 8:12 AM, David Consolvo wrote:
> To cover my bases, I've been looking somewhat south as well for what other people
> grow, in case steady warming continues. The jury is still out for me so far on
> southern pecans and muscadine grapes. There's been mixed success with various
> figs and Asian persimmons. The big success has been fuzzy kiwifruit; for a couple
> of years now the production from just two vines has been so prolific I've had
> enough extra to sell the only local fuzzies in Charlottesville. Heck, I can only eat
> several bushels per winter.
> Thanks to Michael McConkey at Edible Landscaping for the short-season varieties
> Elmwood and Saanichton.
> ~David Consolvo
> Hungrytown, Virginia
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