Our most dependable fruit plants
It's that time of year
again --- fruit-dreaming season! This year, the crop I'm watching most
closely is my seckel pear, which does appear to have set around half a
Of course, lots can
happen between now and fruit-ripening season, but
spring freeze damage and the plants' ability to hold onto the developing
ovaries are usually the deciding factors in whether or not we'll get to
enjoy a given fruit each year. For example, our apples are right at the
stage where failed flowers fall off at the lightest brush of a finger.
The photos above show the same twig before and after my test touch ---
there might be one apple staying in that cluster...if I'm lucky.
Up in the blueberry patch, there's yet more bad winter-kill news. None of the rabbiteye blueberries
outright perished in last winter's cold, but all were damaged. On the
other hand, our two northern highbush blueberries are a year or two
slower to fruit, but they shrugged off the extreme cold and are now
coated with flowers. I guess I'll be digging up the rabbiteyes and
giving them to my mom (who lives in town, at least one zone warmer),
then focusing on northern highbush blueberries in the future.
Next door, gooseberries
and currants continue to prove themselves as ultra-dependable berries.
Last summer, something defoliated our gooseberries long before their
time...but despite the damage, the bushes are loaded with fruits once
again. Winter cold, spring snaps, and apparently whatever ate their
leaves aren't nearly enough to faze this thorny but productive bush.
ultra-dependable, our strawberry fruits are plumping up as always.
Whenever I wonder why everyone doesn't focus on strawberries as one of
their primary fruits, I remind myself of the hard work that goes into
weeding out runners to ensure my plants stay big and the fruits taste
delicious. But if you're willing to weed, it's hard to go wrong with
this fast, productive fruit.
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