Thursday, March 31, 2011

Zone 8 Oregon

March 31, 2011, Cornelius, OR - Flowers on 3 year old haskap from OSU
June 1, 2011 "the berries are grass green yet but man are the plants putting on new growth. some have at least a foot of new growth." doug
2010 foto, Cornelius, OR - Berries on 2 year old haskap from OSU
"japanese haskap propagated in 2008. planted in 2009. when i bought the plants from the Oregon State University they were in six inch pots and about 15 inches tall.  they grew and were very healthy. after i planted them they started to get this browning of the leaves. the browning will get so bad that the plants lose most leaves and go into a dormancy in june.  i am leaning towards powdery mildew but i don't really see any white dust coating any of the leaf top or bottom.  these plants were started from cuttings and they are only identified by number i believe i have 6 different kinds. plants are on drip irrigation. fetilized using 16-16-16 and hazelnut shells (1/2 gal bucket/plant). this year will try Miracle Grow. i just want to make it clear that this is my problem that i have not seen on any other OSU plants." Doug, Cornelius, OR

Monday, March 28, 2011

Zone 6b - New Jersey - March 28, 2011

Blue Moon, approx 2 years old, zone 6b NJ, March 28, 2011
At the end of the summer last year I bought a Blue Moon honeyberry bush from a local nursery because it was 60% off. After a couple weeks its leaves turned brown and fell off. The bush pretty much looked dead so I just put it off to the side and forgot about it. This morning I went out to check on my  fruit plants and to my surprise the Blue Moon has large green buds all over! Matt, NJ

First Year Tundra, New Jersey zone 6b, July 2010
This Tundra arrived in New Jersey on June 6, 2010, and after a couple of days of being hardened off, was set out in a mixture of 1 part organic soil mix, 1 part construction sand, and 1 part pine bark mulch (just what I happened to have on hand) with a ph level of 6.5-6.8. It did well over the summer, though didn't grow much more. Around March 20, 2011 it started to break dormancy with many buds that started to swell. Matt, NJ