Re: [gardeners] Re: Sunday in the garden

George Shirley (
Tue, 07 May 2002 15:50:03 -0500

That type of flowering is common to both varieties of oriental persimmon I am familiar with Ron. Our
Fuyu will be allowed to grow to 10 or 12 feet tall only and the horizontal spread will also be
reduced. Some of our fruit trees, notably the Floraglo peach, will have the number of fruit reduced
as the fruit grows in order to get bigger peaches.


Ron Hay wrote:
> 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.
> Ron