Saturday, March 01, 2008

Hello, Blossom

In addition to the glorious new weeping plum below the dining-room window, we have an indoor cherry blossom, care of the Co-op. The beauty of this is that while it smells wonderful and has little petals that fall in a picturesque manner, nobody can get in and spread a blue tarp under it, grill cheap, smelly meat, and talk drunkenly at the tops of their voices. I call this, "The Return of Wabi-Sabi" and chuckle to myself, although nobody else seems to know what I'm talking about.

It's even supposed to produce an abundant crop of real cherries, all indoors. Bring it on! (as we venturesome types like to say).

5 comments:

Luke said...

I've slowly been working y way through your entire blog starting from the beginning. Just want to say keep up the excellent work! I'm very excited to see what else is in store(still have a bunch of posts to read through) but I commented on this one because I was curious if it ever produced any edible cherries for you.

Thanks,
-Luke

Rod said...

Thanks Luke, that very encouraging. I haven't been updating much lately, but I have quite a backlog of photos to post.

I planted the cherry outside in the end and it's now almost two meters tall. It should be getting ready to blossom again soon. It hasn't produced edible cherries so far, but then I haven't given it regular water which I think might be necessary. Now that the ground cover is more or less self-sustaining, I hope to turn more to care of the fruit trees and see if I can encourage them to produce.

Luke said...

Hey Rod,
Thanks for the response. Did the coop mention what type it was? I live in a townhouse which unfortunately means I do not have the ability to plant anything in the ground. So for now I am restricted to container planting. This season I have especially become interested in container grown fruit. I've had a bears Lime, and a meyer lemon for over a year now, I grow poha berry as an annual, I just picked up a small blueberry bush, and have started wolfberries from seed(will need to be patient with those). Other ones i've been considering are dragonfruit and strawberry guava. I was tempted by a patio peach but they were much too expensive from the nursery.
Thanks!
-Luke

Rod said...

I'll see if I can dig out the paperwork that came with the cherry. I just throw all the info in a big pile on a shelf and never look at it again, so it may be in there somewhere.

I'd imagine that to grow fruit indoors you'd need to pollinate it yourself, unless you also plan on sharing your accommodation with bees.

Rather than indoor fruit, I'm curious about indoor tomatoes and capsicum peppers which are supposed to be perennial if they're not killed by the cold. Year-round tomatoes would be good to have. Maybe I'll try it this year.

Luke said...

If you do find it let me know. The size of the plant looks ideal, will be interesting to see if it fruits this year finally for you.
I'm sure I will be walking around with a qtip when the time comes haha. Thankfully my lemons and limes fruit without any extra help from me. In the warm months I bring everything out doors and keep it out there on the porch. Btw, how are your fig trees? Ive heard some varieties are also suitable for container gardening. I still have a few years of your blog to catch up on.

Year round tomatoes and peppers yum! I bet if you had a full greenhouse you could easily accomplish the task.

-Luke