Goumi Fruit Bears Fruit

Two months ago, I wrote that  I got to taste the fruit and can say that the quest has been well worth it.  Goumi is a sweet, juicy treat.

Well, those three little rubies have produced more treats – SEEDLINGS!  I stuck the seeds from the three fruit in some barely moist peat moss and put them in the germination fridge.  They got covered over by some bags of stratifying Japanese red maple seeds.  I checked them a couple of times and then forgot about them.  Two days ago when I was checking the JRM seeds, I picked up the baggie with with the goumi seeds and noticed a small root.  It turns out that all three seeds have germinated.  They were eight months in stratification!!!!  I really do wish that I could learn to be completely patient with Nature. Leave things alone and she will give you a yield.

 

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2 Responses to Goumi Fruit Bears Fruit

  1. Jane says:

    How wonderful! You have a very green thumb. 🙂
    Maybe you’ll have some seedlings to sell at some point. Do let me know if that happens, please. My Comfrey grew beautifully all summer and into the fall.

    • MikeH says:

      Hi Jane,

      I’m not sure that it was a green thumb as much as forgetting about them and then accidentally checking them and realizing that they had germinated. I think that luck is closer to the mark. Notwithstanding, it looks like seeds have to be fresh and then cold stratified until they germinate. It I get any fruit this coming year, I’ll repeat what I did this year and see what happens. If I can figure out how to consistently propagate goumi, I’ll definitely be making them available.

      Glad to here that the comfrey did well for you. I’ll bet that you saw an increase in bumble bees in your garden. If you see a number of queens in the spring, that means that they may be nesting somewhere close to you.

      Regards,
      Mike

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