First of the season showed up two weeks ago!
More proof of you-know-what.
Last June, I put in a whole bunch of plants, but got zip fruit, though that's supposed to be their season in this latitude (34 N.) Gritted my teeth,
took good care of them; hoped for next June.
Whaddya know, mid-March, they're taking off!
if you planted them in June that is too late
for them to flower and put on fruit for the same
month, but i have had plants put on flowers and
fruit while still in the pots and even survive
the transplanting as long as the roots are not
too disturbed and the watering is kept up.
usually i remove all but one flower/fruit if
i'm transplanting and they do ok.
i've had first flowers anywhere from March 11
to the end of June. are your plants flowering
now or showing signs of waking up from dormancy?
this year i've only checked the plants so far
and they are doing well because they had full snow
cover the whole season. nice and green. eventually
i will have to peel back the thin layer of pine
needles once the weather actually warms up to where
it isn't freezing overnight.
On Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:38:54 AM UTC-7, songbird wrote:
Yeah, I was too lazybusy to get plants in sooner...my bad...but I'm sill disappointed that good-sized plants, properly transplanted from nursery pots,
should have just settled in comfortably but produced zip fruit.
o e but i have had plants put on flowers and
Plants are beginning to flower; a few already bearing fruit.
I don't understand about "dormancy". AFAIK, this happens in colder climates. T/F? Mine is "Mediterranean" --So. Calif coastal, with mild temps; no frost*.
So would dormancy actually be a factor?
* by contrast with David Ross, who is not on the Coast but just over the mountain in the San Fernando Valley. ISTR they do get frost sometimes.
they may have already flowered and had the flowers
and fruits removed by the time you bought them. for
one crop varieties (often called june bearing plants
in N.A.) once that phase is past you won't see a new
round of flowers until the next season.
ah, good to hear. :) seeing any bees/flies on
i know for the varieties i have here that it is
temperature and moisture that determine when they'll
start to bloom and not day length. after that it is
the variety and moisture which determines if the
plant blooms again or not up until the temperatures
get too cold again.
On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 9:36:40 AM UTC-7, songbird wrote:
Songie, the plants I put in last year were not (all? didn't keep good track) June-bearing. I usually try to put in varieties that will bear longer.
Right now, I need to stop dithering (my specialty!) and put in more fraises du bois. I kept 5-6 plants going since last year, but want to add to them.
Taste SO exquisite -- but you need to look carefully; those shy little beauties try to hide <g>
On Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 4:15:20 AM UTC-7, ~misfit~ wrote:
I just spent time on-line looking for a local-ish vendor in So.Cal coastal.
Anybody have a clue? Would rather not order bare-root w/shipping charges if I can find live plants.
David Ross in same general area -- any suggestions?
Once upon a time on usenet Hypatia Nachshon wrote:
I used to pick mine around Chedworth in the Cotswolds. There was a disused
railway there and they grew along the side. However the best and most
abundant were on and around the Roman villa there, back in the days when
anyone could walk into the site and fossick.
As a curious child I occasionally found very large snails with white shells
in the area and even, rarely, in the garden. However I couldn't find then in
any of the available textbooks. A few years ago (and nearly a half-century
later) I saw an article on the BBC site about this 'new' discovery in the
area; An isolated population of large snails thought to be descended from
snails that the Romans bought with them and 'farmed'. Hah! Where was the BBC
when I was asking about them way back when? ;-)
"Humans will have advanced a long, long, way when religious belief has a
On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 3:51:40 AM UTC-7, ~misfit~ wrote:
Love this stuff, Misfit! Keep it coming!
"I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance,
or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others."
- Thomas Jefferson, 1803
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