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Fruit and Nut growing experiences (trials and tribulations)

Apple – Viking variety – New for 2019

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An early ripening Apple – Yellow Transparent, early August

An early ripening Apple – Yellow Transparent that ripens in early August. In good years (like 2019) it was ripe in late July. It was thought to be a US variety, but it originated in Latvia, 1850’s, hence its cold … Continue reading

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Early ripening Apple – ‘Widows Friend’ end of July

This variety of Apple named Widows Friend, ripens very early at the end of July. It is a small to medium sized eating apple, generally of yellowish skin, but bright red on the sunny side. When fully ripe it has … Continue reading

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One of the first plums to be ripe – variety GEK – 21st July 2019

The variety GEK is a very complex hybrid of Prunus cerasifera, Prunus salicina, Prunus ussuriensis, Prunus simonii. Breed in Russia in 1995 from a cross of varieties Skoroplodnaya x Otlichnica. Considering its early ripening, it is bright yellow and of … Continue reading

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Amelanchier alnifolia or Serviceberry or Juneberry ‘Smoky’

I have never tasted an Amelanchier alnifolia or Serviceberry or Juneberry. This variety called ‘Smoky’ produces lots of fruit, about the size of a large blackcurrant. These were ripe on 23rd June 2019 and considering the time of year when … Continue reading

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Flat Donut Peach – All the rage for children to eat

The flat Donut Peach, is all the rage for children to eat. Relatively small size, and easy for children to handle. Sometimes they are called UFO or Saturn peaches. I think UFO is a trade name. They are no more … Continue reading

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Peach – Bonanza (dwarf patio)

This is one of the first peaches that has ripened, that we grow in the greenhouse in pots. Then when all fear of frost has gone, they are put outside. These are supposed to be more of a peachy pink … Continue reading

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Almond and Cherry 2019 crop destroyed. Different reasons

Ok I do not grow huge numbers of Almond and Cherry trees, in comparison to a fruit farmer. But I was looking forward to a taste. The Almonds were no where near ready, with another 3 to 4 months to … Continue reading

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2019 DNA Testing – Fruit Tree Leaves sent off today.

Coming to the end of June is the last time for sending in fruit tree leaf samples for DNA Analysis. These were sent to East Malling Research Establishment via Fruitid. I have sent 8 leaves of the following, and hopefully … Continue reading

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Sticky Gum exuding from Plum tree – Gummosis

I am asked a number of times, as to what the sticky gum is exuding from plum trees. Most often it is called ‘Gummosis’. This can brought on by stresses to a tree. In our orchard this only occurs with … Continue reading

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