- Thirsk, North Yorkshire, UK
- 20 Jun 2009
I like others have had experience with garden plants and crops flowering and fruiting at unusual times, and I wonder at the consequences. For example, I live in North Yorkshire and I have two blueberry bushes grown in large pots on a patio, I have had them for 2 years. They are outside all year round. One variety is Blue Crop, it fruited extremely well in July and August 2011, the other variety is Jersey, this is always later, fruiting usually in August though September, but in 2011 it did not start fruiting untill October and continued untill early December! Although it was nice to have some late fruit, I wonder how it will effect this years crop? The earlier fruiting Blue Crop is already covered in fat fruit buds, but as yet no sign of fruit buds on the Jersey bush. Will it crop this year? Has it exhausted it's self and have a year off? Or will it simply right it's self and crop as normal? As the weather warms I shall feed and top dress their pots, hoping this will encourage another bumper crop, and take the crop if and when I get it.
I have a problem my lemon tree. It is about 12 years old and about 4ft by 4ft and last year we had a fantastic crop. Because the weather was mild through the autumn I didn't bring it into the cold conservatory where It lives for the winter untill November. After a couple of weeks it started to loose it's leaves, they were still green but just went dry and shriveled then fell off, leaving just a small handful. It is still alive under it's fleece, still bearing a dozen ripe lemons and a dozen immature fruits and a few flowers, but It has never had leaf loss like this before. I should have probably brought it under cover sooner, not be tricked by seamingly mild weather. We will see how it goes this year.