Syzygium – Eugenia

Eugenia paniculata, Syzygium paniculatum, or Eugenia myrtifolia

I got my plant earlier this year after long searching in the nurseries. While I see it in the gardens, it is not common in the nurseries. And now I know why – little psyllid Trioza eugeniae. There is a natural control – a parasitic wasp (Tamarixia spp.), however, this wasp doesn’t survive the winters around Bay Area and is only helpful in Southern California.

More information: http://treescompany.net/big-ol-eugenia-hedge/

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Stone fruits

Last year I have got 7 stone fruit trees:

  • ‘Katy’ apricot [Dave Wilson Nursery] on ‘Citation’ hybrid rootstock
  • peach (multi-graft – 4 in 1) on ‘Nemaguard Peach’ rootstock
  • Spice Zee Nectaplum Interspecific [Dave Wilson Nursery] on ‘Citation’ hybrid rootstock
  • pluot (multi-graft – 4 in 1) on ‘Citation’ hybrid rootstock
  • sugar prune [Dave Wilson Nursery] on ‘Citation’ hybrid rootstock
  • 2 trees of cherries

I have planted them (mid-February 2016) pretty close to each other (4 ft) as I plan to form kind of a hedgerow. However, later I have decided to me the hedgerow bit closer to the house – transplanting (immediately followed by pruning) happened on February 12, 2017. Sugar prune was simple to move – it’s root system didn’t grow very much. But other four trees were really hard and although we tried our best, some major roots had to be significantly cut and got a bit damaged.

Surprisingly, cherries were less complicated (maybe because the soil in the place where they were planted was quite shallow).

Apricot started to flower just a few days later, as well as one of the peach grafts. I have sprayed all trees with copper on February 18th (to prevent leaf curl).

Cate Macadamia

Macadamia in East Bay? Well, maybe! Macadamia nuts that we all adore are from Macadamia intregrifolia  and Macadamia tetraphylla – tropical tree originated from Australia. The plant I am trying is  a hybrid between the two species, called Cate Macadamia (Macadamia Cate). It is supposedly self-fertile (does not require another macadamia tree to pollinate and produce fruit). I have planted the tree at the end of March, when it was just after flush of new leaves. Second flush started around the beggining of July.

So far, there are no problems with pests, except some caterpillars on the new leaves.

Cattleya hybrids from Hawai

San Francisco orchid show is the biggest orchid event of the year. I have visited it for the first time this year and it really surpassed all my expectations.

I have bought number of plants and among other also three little bags of invitro seedlings of new cattleya hybrids:

t-4993-2-5_20pot t-4888flask t-4959
 T-4993 Blc. Toshie Aoki ‘Encore  T-4888 Blc. Rustic Spots  ‘H & R’ T-4959 Lc. Mini Song ‘Petite’ AM/AOS

There were five little plants in each bag. To my surprise, they survive perfectly the transplant and do very well even 5 months after. I will have soon several plants for exchange 🙂