Jujubes- Our New Adventure


You should have move close to me or I should plan to move closer to you! At least, with the mass of the concentrated “nuttiness” from many resident gardeners/orchardists, things will look “normal”!

Just be prepared to replace the pine boxes in about 4-5 years. That’s what appeared to be the case for my raised bed set up in my backyard. But I love your front yard set up that’s very presentable (in my opinion anyway)… :grin:



Sorry, it is not pine, it is Doulas fir, not that I know the difference.


Mamuang, I saw that aesthetics played a large part in your gardening, when you recently shared pictures of your cherry trees, so well trained, sized, trimmed, and with neatly painted trunks. Your jujubes look great, and now that I’ve seen how you used the wood for raised beds, I’ll be using that set-up to raise up a dwarf honeycrisp that I need to raise about 10 inches so it doesn’t have wet feet! Good luck with the jujubes!


Thank you, Poorwolf. All I want to do is not to create an eye sore on my street.

If you want to see beauty, convince Mrs. G. to post her garden pics. Her garden looks better than many in gardening magazines.


WOW! That is unique and just plain awesome looking. Nice fruit will just be an added bonus to the beauty of your design. Great job. And kudos to your husband for “letting you” do it (ie for cooperating!). I look forward to hearing how your trees do.


in that case, i think we’d be getting one satsuma plum, or two :slightly_smiling:


Satsuma needs cross pollination. I like it though fruit is on a small size.


there are some plums being grown in our neighborhood so those should help pollinate for fruit production, but it does not matter, as i am not really keen about eating plums, not sure why. Anything that is at least as fragrant as juju flowers must be good-- with or without fruits!


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@jujubemulberry, @BobVance, @c5tiger, @tonyOmahaz5, @scottfsmith

Can you tell me how long does it take for a jujube fruit to ripen, from fruit set to ready to pick?

I planted my quite late this past spring. Somehow, Shanxi li, the tallest one, and Honey Jar, the smallest one, have set fruit !!! I don’t know if they would ripen in time. It is almost Sept after all.


Not sure why the pic did not show the first time.


~3.5 months for the earliest cultivars mentioned. The late ones take 5 months or more.



Don’t think they will ripen in time. Fruit started to set in mid June. Oh well. Always next year!


I am a good bit south of you and don’t know your seasons but the Shanxi Li fruit is sizing up and may ripen. Mine are ready now but I worry I was sent the wrong scion. My Shanxi Li is producing long skinny fruit.


I wouldn’t give up hope. I found this post from last year:


In it, I mention that I saw my first fruit set a “a few days ago” (as of July 14th). Then, my So were ripe on September 10th, so that was only about 2 month.

I also grafted Honey jar on May 24th, with it first take on June 9th. I ended up harvesting 6 fruit from it, also in mid September. I bet it was at least a a month from first active bud, to fruitset (I see a post from 7/19 which mentions that they are flowering). If so, that puts it around 2 months (or a bit less) as well.

So, I bet that you’ll get some Honey Jar. I have no idea about Shanxi Li, though I see a couple fruit on a graft from last year which I’ll keep an eye on.

@jujubemulberry, could the difference be due to the plentiful water in our climate? I’m speculating, but maybe it speeds things up a lot when the trees don’t need to put fruit development on hold to conserve water.




That is encouraging news, Bob.


My Shanxi li, not long but more oblong.


My Li looks like that and they are not quite ready. I will get a picture of my Shanxi Li tomorrow.


Usually here in central MA, the weather starts cooling down in Sept. May not be this year. It has been hot and dry for so long, very unusual.


I, too, planted a jujube tree this year. I have a Li that has fruit that I hope ripens. We had some spring floods that I think held back growth but it did bloom early without any fruit set. It bloomed again in July and I have a picture of fruit set that I took on July 30. Now, I live in Texas and our first frost date average is November 15 so I do have some time but a lot of plants really hit slower maturity the end of September in an average year. I’m hoping!