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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
Kathy, I have those wasps (bees?), too. Unfortunately, I can't tell you their name. I've heard they don't sting, however.
Thomas, that's one neat apple tree!
Just as I'm about to leave (for China), trees are about to turn autumn colors. They'll be gone by the time I return. Anyway, with all the ash trees dead from the ash borer, colors aren't as vivid anymore. Wonder if leaves are turning in Beijing?
See you in 3 weeks! I'll miss you all.
Daniel, that is an interesting find. A little browsing and I found this:
"Spanish conquerors exploring the Pacific Northwest in the 1600s came across many Native peoples using the bark of R. purshiana as a laxative. They gave it the name "Sacred Bark" (cáscara sagrada) in honor of its effectiveness. By 1877 the U.S. pharmaceutical company Parke-Davis was producing cascara preparations, and soon afterwards cascara products were being exported overseas to European markets. The explosion of the cascara industry caused great damage to native cascara populations during the 1900s, as a result of overharvesting.
"In 1999, cascara made up more than 20% of the national laxative market in the U.S., with an estimated value of $400 million. The bark itself was worth approximately $100 million. Cascara was found in more drug preparations than any other natural product in North America, and is believed to be the most widely used cathartic in the world."
~ 16. Johnson, Rebecca & Foster, Steve (2008). National Geographic Desk Reference to Nature's Medicine. National Geographic Books. p. 77. ISBN 9781426202933.
~ 17. Small, Ernest; Caitling, Paul M.; National Research Council Canada (1999). Canadian Medicinal Crops. NRC Research Press. p. 130. ISBN 9780660175348."
It seems you have a valuable crop on your hands. Who would have thought you would make your fortune with a cathartic
Thomas, thanks for the report and the interesting question. Spud answered it well! Last summer, I did have a small apple tree bloom in late summer, and it bloomed again this spring, and bore a few apples. So all is not lost, I think.
Spud, thanks for the research and article. That was news to me, made for great reading.
Thanks for the article and it makes sense. However, is there a way to correct the problem now? If the buds are blooming now, then there won't be any buds left to bloom this coming Spring... or hopefully the tree will self correct itself , however, the bloom won't appear until two Springs latter.
A month ago I bought what appears to be a dying apple tree at Home Depot. So since it was at half price I bought it for $20.00? I can't remember exactly. So I used an earth digger to dig out a hole and afterwards dumped a whole bag of fertilizer into the hole and plopped the apple tree on top of the fertilizer. I did not mix the fertilizer with the dirt. Then covered the rest of the hole with plain dirt and said a few magic words.
Two weeks later, some buds appeared and then some days later this,
I am not sure what to make of this apple tree blooming in the mid-early Fall. But I am delighted the tree survived In the background are the plum and pear trees.
Wadda you guys think this strange behavior of my apple tree blooming in the Fall? The apple tree is Red Delicious.
It looks like the row of scrub trees, that I have been cleaning up, is Cascara. I thought they were Hawthornes, but now I think not. Cascara is interesting because the bark is used as a laxative, for hundreds (thousands?) of years, to this day.
My row of trees. One more leaner to remove if I'm in the mood for that.
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