Snohomish, Washington:The wetter springs over the past several years have resulted in erratic pollination- less or no fruit for some that bloom during dark wet days. This year Asian plums had clear days and the varieties like Shiro and Beauty are loaded. European plums that bloom a bit later have a very light crop due to rain. Honeycrisp Apple has failed to pollinize, while Pixiecrunch is loaded with fruit. Apples have a bllom time that stretches 5-6 weeks. One of the longest blooming varieties that almost always gets pollinized is 'Williams' Pride'- an early, scab-free, crisp 'summer apple' named after Edwin Williams, the early fruit researcher at Purdue that made the selection
Grape bloom is later and we are seeing lot's of flower buds--Cold weather delays bloom where a tent will help move this forward a few weeks.
New rhubarb plantings are relishing the moist conditions as are the slugs! Young rhubarb will benefit from an application of sluggo as will strawberries which are beginning to turn red now. Know that Iron phoshate (sluggo) is OMRi approved -organic- and needs a few days to act on the shell-less mollusks.
This is perfect weather to germinate the slow seeds like carrots, parsnips and parsley-and they don't succumb to the gastropods.
The brambles like raspberry, marionberry, blackberry and loganberry are heavy with fruit as usual. Blueberries are hit and miss with botrytis affecting Bluegold and Northblu
Posted by Gil
@ 07:58 AM PDT