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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:37

Talking of hybrids. Several years ago I was growing a mini-plum variety called Rosada in the GH and someone gave me a couple of yellow plants, probably Golden Sunrise or the like (medium fruit but average flavour), which I remember did not do very well. I kept a couple of Rosada toms for sowing the following year, and when they fruited, they came out as yellow mini-plum, very sweet and a prolific cropper, very dark leaves, which I have continued to grow every year since. Modesty forbids that I should name the variety anything other than 'those yellow things'.

Dragon fruit

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 20:50

Thanks for that. Yes the dragon seems a bit of a monster to look after (especially if it's very prickly ) but I'll keep going until it becomes too much.

Apple tree rootstock

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 20:45

Why wait until November? I always considered that if you are planting a pot-grown tree with good rootball, then you can plant at almost any time of year providing you do it properly and keep it well watered during dry spells. Planting now will allow it three or four months growing time in warm soil to establish itself.

Potato blight soil

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 20:38

Blight on spuds and toms is so awful that I for one would not want to risk its return next year by having the infected soil anywhere near my growing areas. Get rid. It's not worth it.

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 18:11

Salad crops like pak choi etc are quick growers and don't mind cooler temperatures. I'm just sowing a few things now from desperation, like squash, in the forlorn hope of a decent late summer and autumn (!) and just something to do. The number of plants lost already this year, and those refusing to grow, is like some chernobyl death cloud over the garden. Not encouraging for next year planning is it?.

Dragon fruit

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:01

'Instant'... coffee...I'll get my coat.

Dragon fruit

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 18:15

Don't expect an instant result!

Dragon fruit

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:39

Apparently not. Another slightly exotic one to try is the Cape Gooseberry which is very easy to grow and an impressive addition to a GH, conservatory or sheltered sunny corner of the garden... it can grow quite big. The fruit, rather like a little tom, is very sweet and tastey if left well into autumn to ripen. Mine originated off the garnish of a restaurant meal!

Dragon fruit

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:24

There are so may exotic fruit & veg in our supermarkets these days, and I assume may posters here have a go at cultivation from the seeds.... no matter how unlikely the outcome! I've succeeded (without any great skill) in growing some Dragon fruit (aka Pitaya) seedlings this Spring which are now like little inch-high cacti. I believe that they can grow considerably bigger in the tropics. Not sure how to look after the half dozen I've kept. Anyone grown these in the UK and with what success?


Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:11

Last year was fantastic for most fruit. We had masses of blossom, a few fine days, and that must have done the trick. But, as has been said, a wonky Spring in 2012 has almost certainly ruined pollination time.  Actually, there was half the blossom this year, so that definitely counted. I can hardly find anything on my trees. Can any experts here say why we get heavy blossom Springs? Can it be the hard previous winter or  longer term influences? 

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