What all’s looking good in your yards this year? Any varieties that look particularly promising? Is anyone grafting anything interesting? A lot of mine look like they’re fruiting for the first time this year. I say look like because they might all drop before I get to sample them.
100-46: This one seems particularly precocious. It’s holding onto over a dozen fruit as a 2nd year tree while a Prok quadruple the size seems to have dropped most of its hundreds of flowers.
Saijo dropped a fair number of flowers but is holding onto a couple dozen. They are by far the smallest fruit as of now. Hopefully they’ll catch up some. These look like they’ll be persimmon berries at the rate they’re going.
20th Century is ambitious as always. It’s a graft from 2019. I thought I plucked all the flowers to help it grow more but I still found a couple fruit that formed. The tree grew very little last year but had better vigor this spring. No second flush of growth so far even though many other trees are showing new shoots.
Miss Kim is holding onto some fruit. Hopefully the fruit are tasty. I planted it as a reliable selection for my area because of its reputed cold hardiness.
Nishimura Wase is holding onto perhaps a hundred fruit. I planted it for fun since it’s not known for being too cold hardy. Hope it proves me wrong or produces enough to be worthwhile before the next polar vortex hits.
Tipo is holding onto perhaps a dozen fruit. This one’s from Bass. I think he mentioned the original tree this one was propagated from was growing near him and survived temps well below zero.
Picudo is by far the most fruitful as of now. It’s also my most vigorous tree at 15 feet after 3 years in the ground. It’ll likely finish this summer a couple feet taller since it’s still actively growing in height. I’ve chopped several feet off of it each year since planting.