The first one i bought this year from a tree nursery. It's grafted on to quince rootstock and may be 2 years old now. The second and third are about three years old but have been transplanted last winter. The last one i got was grafted this year and i got it very recently. I am hoping for fruit next year. They have already flowered this year and last but the fruit was always aborted. It can get quite dry during the summer months and lack of water seems to lead to the fruits being dropped. Once they are better established they should make fruit.
I have fruit on one of my medlars this year. I still haven't tasted them.
I found a tree nursery owner that sells over twenty different varieties of medlar and i asked him which is the best-tasting one and he told me he found a local swiss tree with very small fruit that are highly aromatic and delicious. He said all the other varieties he has are pretty much the same in taste.
So size is not necessarily an advantage when it comes to medlars and their taste. There is still a lot to learn for me about medlars.
I am trying to get medlar seeds to sprout. After 6 months of stratification i got impatient. I started scarifying them and a few weeks later i cracked them open with pliers. Only 8 seeds out of 48 had a pip inside. They would all sink to the ground in a glass of water, so this is not a method for testing their viability. I now have them in stratification in sand in my fridge. I can confirm that they are not easy to grow from seed.
keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.): Looking for Goldini Zucchini again. Thinking of setting up my own seed shop for OSSI varieties in the future.
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gratefulseedsaver: I have Goldini seeds. email@example.com
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wilscase: Hello all. My name is Casey Wilson. I'
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wilscase: I'm a graduate student at Oregon State and have been working with populations segrgating for different color genes such as the B gene in Cucurbita. I'm curious if anyone has experience with crosses in Cucurbita maxima between grey blue types and orange?
Oct 18, 2022 21:33:14 GMT -5
wilscase: I have been backcrossing to the grey parent for 4 generations and have finally selfed the heterozygotes (for the Bmax gene) the populations have segregated for diffuse bicolor (pink/blue, orange green), blue green, blue, green, pink (salmon) and orange
Oct 18, 2022 21:36:29 GMT -5
wilscase: The genes involved are Bmax and bl. I have observed that Bmax is incompletely dominant to wild type (green). I have read that bl is incompletely recessive to Bl(wild type). I'm curious if anyone else has observed the behavior of Bmax in a grey/blue type
Oct 18, 2022 21:38:28 GMT -5
wilscase: It appears that bl and Bmax are interacting to produce different shades of salmon and pink.
Oct 18, 2022 21:38:52 GMT -5
wilscase: I'm also interested in any other color genetics, especially the relationships between B and L genes. In the right background these genes can dramatically increase Carotenoids (vitamin A)
Oct 18, 2022 21:40:09 GMT -5
wilscase: I have lots of germplasm and would love to exchange anything that people are interested in
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