Monday, August 11, 2008

Less than fruitful

We bought our first Pomegranate tree in 2004 and since then have propagated eight new trees from that original plant. Young foliage is a joy in springtime, flushed with red it is a real eye catcher when viewed against the sunlight. This year those small propagated trees have flowered well, as did the parent plant too; though not one of our otherwise healthy pomegranate trees has so far set fruit. The initial tree was not labelled as masculine or feminine so we assumed rightly or wrongly that the tree carried both male and female flowers. Despite a dearth of pollinating bees this year, due to a virus affecting many a European bee hives the plants should have been serviced by other beneficial insects.

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