Fruit Gardener

Volume 44, No. 4 - July & August 2012

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Fruit Gardener March/April 2011 cover

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David Karp


The First Modern-Day Orange
An orange isn’t always orange. Perhaps yellow coloration of a citrus fruit isn’t an indicator of its tartness. In fact, it seems that the yellowest oranges might even be the sweetest ones. Who knew? Jean-Paul and Ann Brigand knew. They explain in this revealing article.
How Cold-Hardy is Your Avocado?
Freddy Menge pushes the envelope of avocado cultivation in northern California, a place generally not known for temperatures favored by Persea americana. But he hasn’t just been sticking avocado trees in the ground and hoping for the best. Freddy has been carefully observing his avocado trees and keeping a detailed record of their performance under duress.
Backyard Grower: Daisy Wong’s Cherimoya Tree
Patience and faith paid off for Daisy Wong. She collects fruit trees largely based upon her dreams of what they will produce when planted in her yard. About ten years ago she planted a cherimoya tree. And waited. Well, the whoppers she finally got were worth the wait.
Backyard Grower: Success With Blueberries on Alkaline Sites
If you avoid the acid-loving blueberry because of your alkaline soil conditions or because amending your soil’s pH on a large scale would be troublesome at best, you should take a look at this story. Dr. Skip Vint has a better idea for keeping his Vacciniums thriving.
Queensland Mangos
Bev Alfeld and son Tim offer another installment of their Australian trek, this one about cold-trailing until they discovered a family fruit farm producing great dehydrated mangos.
Chapter Profile: Magic and Dreams
Our fine CRFG chapters come in all shapes and sizes, and every one of them is acculturated in a different way, depending largely on the primary interests of those who established each one. In the case of the Central Coast chapter, historically important among their interests is grafting. So it naturally followed that they would mount an effort to save and graft scions from the valuable apple pollination research of a colleague who is no longer among them. But this story is much more. It is about a chapter that plays together and stays together.
Seedless Cherimoya
Many dream about seedless fruits of various kinds. Here is a story of a chance seedless sugar apple discovery, corroborating another such gene find that could make seedlessness an option.
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