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  • From: "Bruce Hansen" <>
  • To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
  • Subject: RE: [NAFEX] How to become a "fruit explorer"
  • Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 09:22:41 -0500

The thorny apple tree, I would guess is a wild crab and could be pollinated with another apple tree.
-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of Lon Rombough
Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2004 7:12 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] How to become a "fruit explorer"

The Grafter's Handbook by Garner is definitely useful. Learning how to graft is a basic skill for fruit exploring.
The thorny tree sounds like a hawthorne. If so, an apple won't pollinate it. Pears can be grafted on a number of hawthorne species, though.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at Winner of the Garden Writers Association "Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Nov 27, 2004, at 1:15 PM, Deb Schneider wrote:

I'm pretty new to "fruiting"...mostly I've grown berries in the past.  I've now started a small orchard (Kristin, Lapins and Bali cherry, a 4-in-1 Pluot, Queen Cox Apple, and Comice and Warren pears.

I am fascinated with the stories in Pomona about people riding around their neighborhoods discovering interesting fruits.  I'm wondering do folks knock on doors and ask to try the fruit or collect a sample?  How does one go about identifying what's safe to eat and what isn't?  I don't know a scion from a there a good VERY basic book that describes what NAFEX experts are doing when the take a piece of a tree and start a new plant?

I live out in the country and often see interesting berry bushes, old fruit trees, even long ignored orchards.  I have a thorny tree (the blossoms look like apple blossoms) that has never fruited...I wonder if it might be a wild apple?  Would it set fruit if my Queen Cox pollinates it?


Deb Schneider
SE Ohio Zone 5b

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