Posts Tagged ‘Fruit’

Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’

Vaccinium Blueberry "Pink Lemonade"

(Blueberry) ‘Pink Lemonade’ is an amazing new break through in blueberries that offers four seasons interest. In the spring the pinkish-white flowers and early flare. The berries of ‘Pink Lemonade’ start off a pale green then slowly grow to a pale pink and then when ripe develop into a deep pink color. In the fall the leaves turn a bright orange to deep burgundy color. The reddish twigs are a great winter contrast against the white snow.  Any fruit that was missed provides a great treat for the birds.This new blueberry may be pink, but it’s as rich in anti-oxidants as its blue cousins.  This deliciously fruity pink blueberry boasts mouth-watering flavor and good firmness, bearing fruit from May through October.

This new blueberry may be pink, but it’s as rich in anti-oxidants as its blue cousins.  This deliciously fruity pink blueberry boasts mouth-watering flavor and good firmness, bearing fruit from May through October.
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Blueberry- Vaccinium ‘Top Hat’

Blueberry Buds
Blueberry Buds

Warmer weather is getting near ( at least that is what they tell us) and warm weather brings fresh fruits. Last week when I was walking in the greenhouse I noticed these little buds beginning on the blueberry bushes.  Blueberry ‘Top Hat’ makes an excellent decorative pot plant, producing white blossoms in the spring and attractive bronze autumn foliage. Perfect for small spaces, containers and Bonsai. Blueberry ‘Top Hat’ produces full size fruit on dwarf plants! Its plump berries are delicious in pies, muffins and jams. Ideal for the patio. This compact shrub produces masses of Blueberries in July and August.

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Rhubarb ‘Canada Red’

Last weekend we picked our 87 year old grandma up to walk through the greenhouses. And on our walk she saw the ‘Canada Red’ Rhubarb and reminded us of last year when she got to pick some when it was ripe. All she could talk about was how good and sweet the Rhubarb sauce was that she had made. So in a few months the time will be here again that grandma will be making Rhubarb sauce. Oh the joys of Spring!

(Rhubarb) Rhubarb ‘Canada Red‘ is Great for PIES! Naturally Sweet n’ Red! It features juicy stalks that are cherry-red clear through. It keeps its color when cooked. Stalks are high in sugar and tender with no need to peel. Plants are hardy perennials and suitable for northern zones, very easy to grow and trouble free. One plant of ‘Canada Red’ will supply you with enough fruit for many pies and jam. Its pucker-power is exactly what makes rhubarb the world’s favorite pie plant.

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A couple of the more common nutrients that plants require are: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, & Potassium.

Nitrogen is the main nutrient that plants use to grow new leaves and stems. When used on your lawn nitrogen helps to green it up. Be careful when using nitrogen that you do not over do it, to much nitrogen will cause your plant to produce lots of leaves and grow big, but you will be disappointed with a poor show of flowers/berries/seeds/etc. Nitrogen is found in legume residues such as alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, mesquite, soy and peanuts. It’s also found in fish emulsion and animal waste. Symptoms of Nitrogen deficiency in plants include:

  • Spindly Stems and stunted growth
  • Older leaves turn yellowish green
  • Extreme amounts of nitrogen can kill the roots of your plant which in turn kills the plant

Phosphorus is needed to promote vigorous roots and helps in forming the flowers. Natural sources of Phosphorus are rock phosphate, bonemeal, and poultry manure. Symptoms of phosphorus deficiency in plants include:

  • Slow growth; stunted plants
  • Purplish coloration on the foliage of some plants
  • Dark green coloration with the tips of leaves dying
  • Delayed maturity
  • Poor fruit, flower, and seed production

Potassium is also important for the transport of sugars and for starch formation as plants convert sunshine to food. Potassium helps with plant growth and also increases plant resistance to disease. The size and quality of your fruits and vegetables are also affected. Potassium can be found in kelp products (large seaweeds belonging to the brown algae group) and also in wood ash. Symptoms of potassium deficiency in plants include:

  • Tip and marginal (leaf edges) burn starting on more mature foliage
  • Weak stalks and stems
  • Small fruit and shriveled seeds
  • Slow growth
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