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Postby Gaardenier » Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:14 am

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Joined: Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:32 am
Climate Zone: 8b
Dear Friends,
Supposing most of you live in a warmer climate as I do (8b), I experiment here in Flanders - Belgium with exotic fruit. For me, exotic fruit is not necesarily (sub)tropical, but can also originate in Siberia. As far as it is rare or rather exclusively growing here.
For several years I stumbled with South-African seeds, but in the long term, nothing survived, because lack of hardiness.
More recently, I specialised on all stonefruit, if possible true to seed, and somewhere native and/or wild.
My proudness is to have already fruiting here:
-Prunus maritima and P. dunbarii.
Here, as well as in Germany, there is a trend to cultivate fruit on own roots. A few examples in my garden are:
-Seedless Ché, Diospyros lotus, Eleagnus multiflora, Mespilus germanica, Prunus mexicana, P. americana, P. besseyi, P. emarginata, , P. mume, P. padus, P. pumila, P. sibirica, P. subcordata, P. tenella, P. tomentosa, P.

In house kept seedlings to plant next year in the open:
P. fremonti, P. brigantina (which is a real native apricot in Europe)

Seeds in stratification:
Prunus P. brigantina (Alpine plum, which is the only real native apricot in Europe)
Grows around Briançon on an altitude of 1300 m, with 5 months snow/year. Very difficult to find.

Still looking for more native Prunus seeds, maybe trading?:
- Desert Peach or P. andersonii (missing and most wanted)
- Holly-leaved Cherry or Prunus ilicifolia (missing and most wanted)
- Desert Almond or Prunus fasciculata (missing and most wanted)


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