Our Awakening Orchards in Pictures

mes111(5b -Purling NY & 7b -Nassau County NY)February 24, 2014

Hi ..
I would really like t see a slideshow of all of our individual gardens/orchards as they awaken this spring.

How about posting some photos with date, tree type and location as the season progresses.

Should prove nice.


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Puggylover Zone 9B Norco, CA

Eva's Pride A few weeks ago. She is all thinned and has quarter size fruit now.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 3:48PM
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Goldkist Apricot from last week, San Jose, CA

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 5:23PM
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bob_z6(6b/7a SW CT)

I couldn't wait for my orchard to awaken outside. So, I brought in a Carmine Jewel bush cherry right around New Years. This pic is as of about 2 weeks ago, at which point we had a few inches of snow on the ground and 2+ feet more coming in the next week.

Last year, I did the same thing with a potted White Gold cherry tree. It looked nice, but didn't set any fruit. It is still early, but I now see what appears to be small fruit-lets on the Carmine Jewel.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 11:26PM
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That's beautiful bob.Is yours grafted? Brady

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 2:19AM
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bob_z6(6b/7a SW CT)

As far as I can tell, it isn't grafted. Until I saw someone post about it recently, I thought that all of the Romance series bush cherries were grown on their own roots. In the spring of 2011, I planted it in a plastic Home Depot pot (similar to the one the recently pruned tomato is using, just behind it in the photo). Then 1 year later, I moved it to a 7 gallon Roottrapper (white fabric pot). Other than watering and killing some aphids, I haven't needed to do anything. It grew a nice shape all on its own and had its first two cherries this past summer. In contrast, the two other Carmine Jewel I planted in-ground at the same time haven't done well. One died this past spring and the other is still tiny, only a couple feet high. It has also done better than my other potted fruit trees/bushes, so this may be an idea plant to keep in a pot.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 8:24AM
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Bob, I wouldn't expect fruit unless it were pollinated.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 2:33PM
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bob_z6(6b/7a SW CT)

Northwoodswis, To the best of my knowledge, Carmine Jewel is self-fertile. I'm not sure if it needs wind or insects, but I have periodically flicked the tree- maybe it will be enough. If not, it was certainly a nice ornamental this winter.

Here's a pic from today. In my hand are a few blooms which fell, I assume without pollination. Above my hand are two small cherries, which seem to be growing. Time will tell.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 12:44AM
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Here's a photo of the Carmine Jewels I have.The tall one is grafted on Gisela and the other on it's own roots. Brady

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 3:23PM
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