Thursday, November 27, 2014

#32 - Guild #3

This is Guild #3, summer of 2014. Well, actually just the primary, Pomegranate Angel Red. The support plants will be added in the future. I'm trying to establish the fruit trees first, then the supporting plants.

It's also under a Tree Bag to protect it from grasshoppers.

#31 - Guild #1 Summer 2014

This is Guild #1, summer of 2014. During the spring, grasshoppers hatched and completely defoliated the tree and bushes. Then they started working on the bark. My solution was to buy a Tree Bag to protect the plants from the grasshoppers.

It does work. Grasshoppers haven't figured out how to chew through the net, or that the can. They can still get in because the beds I built are not the same height. The primary tree get a 2x12 size board, while the supporting plants get a 2x8 size board. But not that many get in. It's hard to drape the net over four plants. It's really meant for one tree. You can see in the picture above, that I can protect everything but the blackberry bush. But believe it or not, it survived.

The plants did survive and started to grow and leaf out again!

#30 - Asian Persimmon Cultivar - Jiro

Asian Persimmon Cultivar - Jiro. One of the first selections from Fuyu. Ripening about 3 weeks before Fuyu. Productive tree, larger than Maekawa Jiro. Hardy, usually to zone 6. Height and spread about 12' - 15'. Fruits above average in size. Fruits are ripe when hard with orange color. zone 6 - 10.

This is Jiro #1 I bought from Edible Landscaping, in 2013. They grow their trees in pots. It's November 2014 and all the leaves have fallen off. The picture above shows the tree from summer 2014.

#29 - New Fig Cultivar - Texas Everbearing #2

New Fig Cultivar for Fall 2014 from Legg Creek Farm. Legg Creek gives a free fruit tree with every order. With the plum purchase I made in November, they sent me a Texas Everbearing Fig Tree.

This is Texas Everbearing Fig tree #2. The Texas Everbearing Fig Tree is a medium-sized fig tree that produces very sweet, amber-colored figs. It is one of the most commonly-grown fig trees in the southern US, and tolerates a wide range of temperature. Usually starts bearing figs its first year! Makes 2 crops of figs per year: one ripens in May, and the other in in August. Texas Everbearing figs are tasty, and nearly seedless. Self-fertile. 150 chill hours. Zones 7-10.

#28 - New Plum Cultivars

New Plum Cultivars for Fall 2014 from Legg Creek Farm

The Burbank Plum is a popular commercial variety with purplish-red skin and yellow flesh. Sold in super markets. Tasty and has a long shelf life. Tree is relatively compact. Brought from Japan by Luther Burbank. Pollination with Santa Rosa. 400 chill hours. Zones 5-9.

The Rubrum Plum  tree is long-lived and highly disease resistance. Produces heavy crops of medium-sized, dark red plums with juicy red flesh. Needs a pollinator for best results, and serves as a great pollinator for other plums we sale. Ripens mid-June. 500 chill hours. Zones 5-8.

The Methley Plum  tree is our earliest producing plum. The Methley is large, sweet, and has red flesh. The characteristic red inside of the plum is unusual and the sweetness will compare to any other juicy plum. The Methley plum has a long shelf life and can be used in supermarkets for fresh plum sales. The Methley plum is a quality plum with an attractive appearance. Heat resistant. Fruit ripens in June. Less than 150 chill hours! Zones 6-10.

The Allred Plum  trees is an outstanding dual purpose tree. It has attractive reddish foliage, and quality plums in season with tender red flesh. Allred is a great landscape tree that produces fine quality plums. Ripens mid-summer. Self-fertile. 400 chill hours. Zones 6-9.

The Santa Rosa Plum  tree produces plums that have a delicious flavor. The fruit is large, attractive, dark reddish purple color with red flesh. The fruit is firm and of good quality. One of the most frequently planted Japanese plums. Self-pollinating. 300 chill hours. Zones 6-9.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

#27 - New Apple Cultivars

New Apple Cultivars for 2014 from Kuffel Creek
Dixie Red Delight

Reverend Morgan
King David
King David
Dixie Red Delight

Friday, June 20, 2014

#26 - Pomegranate Angel Red

This will be the primary for Guild #3. A Pomegranate Angel Red cultivar. Established summer of 2014.

Planted in a hugelkultur raised bed. Needs a little pruning.

#25 - Persimmon Rootstock

I bought a Asian Persimmon tree that died. But I noticed the rootstock started to send up shoots. So now I will try to cultivate my own rootstock for my future persimmon trees.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

#24 - Apple Tree Grafting

These are the first apple trees that I have grafted. I don't know what variety they will be until the trees bare fruit. I bought rootstock from One Green World and cut my own Scion wood from my own fruit trees, but forgot to label which trees I took cuttings from.

I grafted 5 total. I grafted the scion wood onto M-7 rootstock. Apple trees on semi-dwarf M-7 rootstock typically grow 12-16 ft. in height.

#23 - Pomegranate Propagation in a Pot

I had a late freeze kill my above ground Pomegranate, Angel Red, the reason was because I didn't repot the plant into a bigger pot. The good thing was that the root system was still good and alive. So I had the idea of propagating the plant by putting a ring around the shoots that were springing forth and there by causing the shoots to root out. Then you can cut out the ones that have rooted and start new plants. Not sure it will work. Only time will tell.

These are garden bed borders I found at Lowes.

The ideal medium to use would be sawdust. But I used this because I didn't have sawdust.

The final step will be to stake the individual shoots so they grow up nice and straight. Now to see if this works.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

#22 - Guild #1

This is Guild #1 - consisting of An Apple Tree - Gala (about 3 years old) variety on a M111 Rootstock, 2 Autumn Olive Garnet variety bushes, a  Goumi Sweet Scarlet variety and a Blackberry bush, currently not sure of variety as I propagated this from current stock and did not label it.

The picture above shows the Apple Tree Gala #1.

The picture above shows an Autumn Olive Garnet #2. Propagated using the clam shell method from Autumn Olive plant #1, planted in my backyard.

 The picture above shows an Autumn Olive Garnet #3. Propagated using the clam shell method from Autumn Olive plant #1, planted in my backyard.

The picture above shows an Goumi Sweet Scarlet #1.

Friday, January 24, 2014

#21 - Propagation 2014

I like to propagate during the winter time. I find that the winters here being as mild as they are, help with keeping the moisture high inside the domes.

I made this dome greenhouse with pvc pipe and plastic from a big box store. The plastic will last just one winter, but that's okay.

Autumn Olive grows like a weed during the winter under a dome. I planted these in 1 gallon pots. Once summer gets here, they will grow 5 feet. These were cut about 12 inches long or longer.

These little Autumn Olives were planted in plastic pop bottles. These were much shorter, about 6 inches long.

Also under the dome is Goumi, and Blueberry plants. This is the first time I have tried to propagate these two plants using this method.

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