Heartnuts and the trouble of finding them! Jan 6, 2019 14:50:56 GMT -5
Post by jannel on Jan 6, 2019 14:50:56 GMT -5
Hello everybody, brand new member here coming to you live from Finland (applauds!!)
As most can guess, we live quite north, but thanks to gulf stream it is rather pleasant even, summers there are light around the clock, and on wintertime you can't see the clock from the darkness. On the south side we go down to maybe USDA 5-6 , but of course otherwise climate is quite different.
Now I am beginning to trial walnuts here, to see if anything survives, and by that I mean J. regia. But I'd like to try also some heartnuts, since we already have many japanese walnuts here in Finland as ornamentals, and many are producing viable nuts every year plenty. But they are the native round nuts, and not the heart shaped mutations. Whenever a few of us enthousiasts have bought grafted heartnuts from central europe, they usually die. But in there they graft the scions to J. regia, which is from our point of view total insanity, why not use J. ailathifolia, which is the same species as heartnut? My guess is that regia rootstock is readily available there, whereas others are not.
So I'd like to graft cultivars of heartnut to my rootstock, but it seems to be almost impossible to find ANYONE with these plants, and the desire to swap scions, or sell them. Englands orchard sells them from the US, but they haven't answered to me, and their shipping to europe is quite high. What I'd really like, is to have some contacts either on this side of the pond, or there, and make a healthy connection regarding all things orchard. Maybe someone is even in the Northern Nut Growers Association?
Too long, didn't read: I want to find heartnut scions OR plants with other than regia rootstock. As I do wintertime hot callus grafting, it would be nice to find during the winter . I also like to just talk and hear conversation about them.
Happy new year to everybody