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Re: That Myrica rubra stuff from a few years back

Postby tsaephan » Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:55 pm

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I would be very interested in trying those fresh fruits! I would make a drive to try one if you were willing to share one :D .

Re: That Myrica rubra stuff from a few years back

Postby sokoo » Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:18 pm

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Just realized I never posted the pictures of my last year's fruits on this forum. Here they are, of two different varieties. I got total 20 fruits last year.
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Re: That Myrica rubra stuff from a few years back

Postby So_Cal_Mike » Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:26 pm

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Nice! How was the flavor? Any seedlings from last year?
Sunset Zone: 21 • USDA Zone: 10a • AHS Heat Zone: 6-7

Re: That Myrica rubra stuff from a few years back

Postby sokoo » Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:30 pm

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tsaephan wrote:I would be very interested in trying those fresh fruits! I would make a drive to try one if you were willing to share one :D .


I do wish I had a large farm full of these trees, and anyone could come get all they want to eat......... Just a dream for now :roll: :lol:

Re: That Myrica rubra stuff from a few years back

Postby sokoo » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:12 pm

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So_Cal_Mike wrote:Nice! How was the flavor? Any seedlings from last year?

The fruits tasted better than those of the same variety I tasted in China in 2013. Our California weather can definitely do some magic.
I am growing a dozen or so young plants. Hoping to graft them and to have a few available after a year or two.

Re: That Myrica rubra stuff from a few years back

Postby tsaephan » Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:42 am

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sokoo wrote:
So_Cal_Mike wrote:Nice! How was the flavor? Any seedlings from last year?

The fruits tasted better than those of the same variety I tasted in China in 2013. Our California weather can definitely do some magic.
I am growing a dozen or so young plants. Hoping to graft them and to have a few available after a year or two.



Great to hear!

Re: That Myrica rubra stuff from a few years back

Postby shaneatwell » Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:10 pm

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Beautiful pictures.

All my leaves are serrated. Is that just because the plants are young?

Re: That Myrica rubra stuff from a few years back

Postby sokoo » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:02 am

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shaneatwell wrote:Beautiful pictures.

All my leaves are serrated. Is that just because the plants are young?


Typically young seedlings have heavily serrated leaves. The more mature they grow, the smoother the leaves. Grafted plants, no matter how small they are, have mostly smooth leaves, although some of the early spring leaves could be slightly serrated.

Re: That Myrica rubra stuff from a few years back

Postby yeti17 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:02 pm

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Do seedlings need shade? Here's my one-year old seedling (about five inches tall)

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The browned leaves are from last year. The greenish leaves are new this season-- they were looking great, but then started to yellow recently as it's gotten warmer.

FYI, when I repotted a few months ago the root system looked great! The above-ground growth not so much.

Re: That Myrica rubra stuff from a few years back

Postby sokoo » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:21 pm

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yeti17 wrote:Do seedlings need shade?


Yes, young seedlings need lots of shade. Shade could mean life or death for them.
My best seedlings reached about 6 inches after the first year. In China, where climate and everything is more suitable for their growth, some reach the size for grafting after one year.
Even grown-up trees benefit from some shade.

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