Re: [gardeners] Re: Sunday in the garden

Ron Hay (
Tue, 07 May 2002 13:27:49 -0700

Hello, Margaret,

Our nectarine's fruit is just in the beginning stages of development.
They will ripen as much larger, wonderfully sweet fruit in late July,
about 6 weeks after the apricots, normally.

The apricot does bear annually; it's just that the crops are heavier
during alternate years; the same is true of persimmons.

The nectarine, during its second full year in the ground, bore about 250
fruit; this year, it will bear about twice as many, of various sizes,
mostly of a good commercial size, and the taste is like honey and liquid
sunshine. The fragrance of the ripe fruit is such that one can savor the
fragrance a full 15 feet away from the tree.

Regarding Fuyus: the flowers are borne solely on the ends of the new
branches; there are no flowers within the canopy, much like citrus, and
like citrus, the flowers are born on the newly sprouted branches. At
least that has been my limited experience.

At any rate, all the fruit trees, including the macadamia look
exceedingly healthy at this writing.

Thanks for your kind note.