Have you grown new fruit varieties?
Over the past 10 to 15 years, there has been an explosion in the diversity of fruit trees available. Now you can buy almost every type of fruit in dozens of varieties on dwarf or semi-dwarf root stock, plus many kinds of genetic dwarf or compact, spur-bearing varieties. There are entire new categories of fruit, such as plum-cots and cherry-plums, and low-chill varieties for mild-winter climates.
The question is, are these new varieties as good as or better than the old standards?
We're especially interested in your opinions on plum-cots, cherry-plums, and asian pears, and on genetic dwarf fruit trees, low-chill varieties, and dwarf and semi-dwarf trees.
For each fruit variety, please answer as many of the following questions as you can. If you grow too many kinds to describe, just list your favorites and flops, and tell why you like or don't like them.
1. Fruit variety. What kind is it? For example, 'Gordon' apple.
2. Tree age and size. What size trees is it; standard, semi-dwarf, dwarf, genetic dwarf? Give the rootstock if you know it.
How old and how big is the tree now? Is it the size you expected?
3. Taste and texture. Describe it. How do you like it?
4. Harvest. When does the fruit ripen? How big is the crop? Are the fruits as large as you expected? Does it bear reliably every year?
5. Storage. How long does it keep on the tree? How long after picking?
6. Maintenance. Do you have any special way of pruning or training the tree? Do you thin the fruit? When and how much? Does the tree seem to need any other special care? Is it generally healthy?
7. Location. Where do you grow your trees--in the landscape, in a separate area, in containers?
8. Is there any fruit you would particularly like to learn more about?
9. Are there any particular problems concerning fruit that you would like to see covered in an article?
Send your answers to Fruit Growers Report, Sunset Magazine, Menlo Park, Calif. 94025. If you have snapshots or slides of your trees or crop from past seasons, you might enclose them. Please include your name, address, zip code, and daytime phone number.
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|Date:||Jun 1, 1984|
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