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Czech Republic hosted Europom in 2017 at Olomouc, organised by the Czech Union of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners

 

I have been told that several of the twenty or so apple trees in my orchard in the Czech Republic are of historical interest. Apparently a professor from Mendel University took two varieties to a conference in Geneva several years ago. Are there any links to a Czech equivalent of the local fruit groups and societies operating in England (such as the East of England Apple Orchard Project) where I could get the apples identified (preferably without too much expense) so that the trees can be cared for appropriately and perhaps DNA’d?Any assistance would be much appreciated – especially if the organisation had some English or German speakers, as I don’t speak Czech.

David Midgley

Europom 2017, the international apple festival created by the Belgian fruit society, NBS (Nationale Boomgaardenstichting) is held in a different European city every year. In 2107 it was in Olomouc, Czech Republic hosted by Czech Union of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners, which may be a good place to start. They celebrated their 60th birthday in 2017. Here is the website: http://www.zahradkari.cz/europom/en/item/11-olomouc-nabizi-historicke-pamatky-i-relax.html

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My summer raspberries had one pick then just gave up. Autumn raspberries are very short (less than a metre tall), fruit is very small and hardly worth picking! All my blueberries produced fruit, which looked like a reasonable crop, then just gave up. Are others finding the same problems?

Should we be looking at more exotic plants to suit our anticipated long hot summers?

Michael Moulton

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Young mulberry tree

I want to propagate some mulberry cuttings from a tree growing in a local estate. I tried cuttings in pots last March but none of them rooted. Will they graft onto any particular type of rootstock? Or should I just try cuttings in the ground during the winter?
I picked around 12lb of mulberries off one of the trees this morning, seriously messy! Tonight I will make some mulberry jam and possibly some mulberry liquor.

Adrian Baggaley.

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Navaho blackberry

Picked a Navaho blackberry tonight, 50mm long by 30mm wide: this is the biggest blackberry I have ever seen.

I once had a Black Bute 2 and 3/8 inches long (60.3mm) but that was only around 5/8 of an inch (15.8mm) across.

Has anyone picked a larger blackberry?

Adrian Baggaley

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Delgollune, raised by French nurseryman George Delbard

We have just purchased a property in the Manche region of Normandy and with the property we have over 400 apple tress which produce between 8 – 10 tonnes of fruit. These trees have been looked after by a next door neighbour for many years and, even to our untrained eye, look in need of some proper care. Where could we go to learn about keeping an orchard? How can we identify our apples? Also the next door neighbour informs us that the local cooperative which used to take them now buys its apples from Spain! In the short term ie October this year (as we do not move permanently until next summer), any thoughts on what we could do with our harvest, rather than leave it to rot.

Sue and Kevin Robinson

 

There may be something of use in an article on our main web-site:  http://www.fruitforum.net/growing-apples-organically-in-normandy.htm

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Beth pear April 2018

I can report masses of pear blossom on virtually all of my sixty odd varieties of pear growing in Nottingham. It is without doubt the best for years. Following a bonus of four hot days to get pollinating going, now I ask myself – will the limited amount of bees cope? Fingers crossed no radiation frosts or the return of the ‘Beast from the East’.

Are pears doing well everywhere?

Adrian Baggaley

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Louise Bonne of Jersey pear used to be planted all over Britain. It arose before 1780 in Normandy and came to England via Jersey in 1820.

We have a very large pear tree on an allotment site in York. It is similar in size to the one on your blog and looks fantastic when in flower. We are wondering how to age it and find out what variety it is. The allotment site dates from 1917 and the pear tree is next to a footpath, which is shown on maps from 1850s but could be present much earlier. The allotment tenant is not very keen on the tree as a lot of the fruit falls from such a great height and is wasted. We hope to find out if the tree has historical significance and plan to help with picking the fruit too. Can you give us any advice?

Sara Robin

 

 

Hessle pear, which arose in the village of Hessle near Hull, Yorks; first recorded 1827.

 

Fruit identification sessions for apples and pears are held all over the country during September and October.

You can turn to the fruit books for descriptions of varieties and submit samples of leaves for DNA fingerprinting.

In Yorkshire, Royal Horticultural Society Garden Harlow Carr, near Harrogate, has fruit identification days and the Northern Fruit Group holds sessions and gives advice.

Brogdale Collections at Brogdale, home of the National Fruit Collection, identifies fruit by post.

There are a number of reference books you could use:

The Book of Pears by Joan Morgan (2015), illustrated by Elisabeth Dowle and the companion website with photographs of nearly 500 varieties in the Directory section https://www.thebookofpears.fruitforum.net

Pears by Jim Arbury (1997), illustrations by Sally Pinhey

Handbook of Hardy Fruits (1920) vol. I, by Edward Bunyard

The Fruit Manual by Robert Hogg, 1884, reprinted 2002

Apple and pear varieties can also be identified by DNA fingerprinting using the leaves, see Fruit ID website

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