^ I wrote this blog post on a berry you may not know much about. You have probably heard of it, or eaten its parents: Blackberry & Raspberry. You’ve probably tasted or at least misinterpreted the name of its relative: Boysenberry (not Poisonberry). Now meet the Loganberry:
In early January (2012) we had some freakishly warm weather - for a midwest winter. I’m talking days in the mid-50s, sometimes even reaching 70ºF. I’m not sure if it was because of this or if it was just coincidence, but my little lemon plant decided to take off growing!
It’s been a while!
On Monday, we had an uninvited guest in our 3rd floor office. Not sure why he was awake or how he got in, but I managed to capture (cup-over-wasp/paper-under-cup method) and release this confused insect.
No people or wasps were injured in this rescue.
Mutilated trees thanks to the local utility company. Because hindsight is 20/20.
This past July I visited Florida and afterward created this post. This morning I was reading a news article about uncommon fruit trees you can grow in Florida and, on a whim, I Wiki’d one fruit that was listed. I was hoping to find out what that mysterious tree I had taken a picture of was.
Lo and Behold! Longan Fruit:
What is that - what is that?
If you’ve spotted this knobby bump on your (fruit) trees, specifically apples (not so much peaches & pears) don’t fret! It’s not a gall or some sort of disease. Your tree is actually trying to take root. That’s right, it’s trying to root - way up in the air. Grafted trees are on a root stock that determines how dwarfed a tree will be (usually 50-60% or 70-80%) and you are instructed at planting to keep that graft about 2-3 inches above the ground. The reason for this is, if you plant the graft too low or below the soil line, you can actually have a tree that bypasses its dwarfing* root stock and it will self-root and grow into a standard size tree.
*Full dwarf is small; semi-dwarf is a bit bigger and for most growers, more ideal.
In addition to my previous post about what a ‘berm’ is, here is a handy little video on how to plant and create a berm for your new (fruit) tree!