I noted the first open flower on 6/15. I think that is a bit earlier than in some past years, probably due to the very warm and sunny weather we’ve had for the last 1-2 weeks. Quite a contrast with the long cold spring. I’m not too concerned with getting earlier flowering- I hope we are past any chance of spring frosts. After all, today is the first day of summer.
I think you did well to get a few fruits in year #2.
Yes, for me the production really took off one year for my So (the oldest jujube I have). It always has a lot of flowers now and was the first one I noticed opening this year. GA-866 has a few flowers, but seems pretty sparse. Maybe that is part of why it is reputed to be a shy bearer- jujube’s only set a fraction of the flowers, so if there aren’t many flowers to start with, there won’t be much yield.
I think there is a good chance you’ll see some flowers. But I think that actually setting fruit on new grafts is reserved for the Las Vegas area. I did have it happen once though on a Honey Jar graft (6 fruit that same season).
I haven’t seen a massive difference in taste, like you see in apples. The bigger difference is in texture.
Crisp & Lighter- Honey Jar and maybe Massandra (it could be in the next group)
Crisp & Denser- Sugar Cane & Sherwood (Sherwood may span this category and the next one)
Hard/Firm- Shanxi Li
Spongy- Li from Chinese grocery store (which also don’t have much sugar- maybe 10-12 brix vs 20-30 for the others)
I look forward to trying more and being able to develop a better answer.
One which did have a different flavor to me was Sihong. I only had a small bag of them which had been off the tree (not my tree) for a bit and started to soften. I’m not sure I can describe it well, but it had an interesting flavor which was distinct from the other varieties I sampled at the same time (same source). I added a couple Sihong trees this year from Cliff England. I’ve also heard that Coco and Chico have different flavors and am looking forward to both of them.