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Messina Peach Care: Growing Messina Peaches

Large peaches with a striking red blush, Messina yellow peaches are sweet and juicy. This low-fuzz fruit is delicious eaten straight off the tree, but the firmness of this peach makes it an excellent choice for freezing. USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8 are ideal for this vigorous, productive tree because, like all peach trees, Messina requires a chilling period during the winter. Read on and learn more about Messina yellow peaches. Messina Peach Information Messina peaches were introduced by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University. Messina peach trees have earned good reviews for a vigorous growth habit and low susceptibility to bacterial leaf spot. Look for Messina peaches to ripen between mid-July and mid-August, depending on climate. Messina Peach Care Messina trees are self-pollinating. However, a pollinator in close proximity may result in a larger crop. Choose a variety that, like Messina peach, blooms relatively

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European Plum Facts: Learn About European Plum Trees

Plums come in three distinct types, European, Japanese and American species. What is a European plum? European plum trees (Prunus domestica) are an ancient, domesticated species of fruit tree. These plum trees produce the best-known cultivated plums and the most widely distributed. Read on for more European plum facts and tips on European plum growing. What is a European Plum? You won’t find European plum trees growing wild in European forests. This tree is known only in cultivation, but it is planted around the world in temperate areas. European plum trees grow well in the western U.S. They bloom in late winter or early spring. Fruit ripens between spring and fall, with the harvest of different types of European plums occurring at different points between May and September. So exactly what is a European plum? What does it look like and how does it taste? European plum trees produce plums

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Forcing Chicory Plants – Learn About Chicory Root Forcing

Have you ever heard of forcing chicory plants? Chicory root forcing is a common procedure that transforms the roots into something marvelous. If you are growing chicory, and are wondering “should I force chicory,” the resounding answer is yes! Why force chicory? Keep reading to find out how and why you should force chicory. Why Force Chicory? Chicory and endive are often used interchangeably, which can lead to some confusion. This is because the forced product of Witlook chicory is also called French or Belgian endive. Endive is grown for its leaves, which are used as salad greens or are cooked while Witloof chicory is forced for chicons. Why force chicory? Because forcing a chicory plant begets an altogether sublime, tender, sweeter product that makes eating them an almost transcendent experience. About Forcing Chicory Plants Like many discoveries, chicory root forcing was a happy accident. Almost 200 years ago, a

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