Chinese date, buckthorn family (Ziziphus Jujube)
Last post 14-09-2012 7:52 PM by Ian. 0 replies.
14/09/2012 07:52 PM
- 14 Sep 2012
I was on holiday last year in China and some chinese people on the train gave me some fruit, they said it was called Jujube fruit. Six months later I was looking through my book Vegitables Herbs and Fruit and it had the jujube fruit in the back of with the latin name (Ziziphus Jujube); so I looked in the Chilterns seed catalogue and there it was.
They come from East India and the Himalayas originally and are very popular in China. They grow to about 40ft where they come from. I bought the seeds from Chilterns seeds and I have put them in the fridge to vernalise them. They like dry climates and can cope with dry cold weather or dry cold micro-climates.
When I have germinated the seeds I plan to have an area to plant them in ready. I intend to dig the soil out and part of the sub-soil and replace it with a mixture of loam sand and crushed rubble. then I will place some large rocks on top with a gap in the middle and plant one of the trees with a sandy soli mixture.
Has anyone else any expierience of growing a Jujube tree and how did you care for it?