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Photo Update: Garden in the snow!

HUGE Garden Update!

Quite a tropical year in the garden after a cool and misty start. So this year again the Asian Pears managed to set well and with extra irrigation August through September, gave us a reasonable crop. European Pears that set were fodder for Wasps and other insects through the dry July and August. Apples poor set as temperatures and damp weather kept insects from roaming and pollen from drying out to blow around. Apricots and Plums same fate, Cherries set well and were very sweet.

Everbearing Strawberries were just that, right up to November. Raspberries similar, with last ones picked for Chicken treats up to mid November.

We prune the main shoots of all fruiting trees at the beginning of August, wounds dry quickly and avoid infections. We do this most years to encourage lateral shoot growth, and keep potential fruit reachable from the ground. With the weather this year being prolonged warm weather into late October, this almost 12 wks of growing time has resulted in a doubling of expected extension growth. In the case of Halls Hardy Almond 3′ from spring summer, and 3′ since prune. Photo’s part of fall update.

Did Someone Say Citrus??

The 2019 Citrus Pre-Order list is now available for viewing! Check it out ===> 2019 Full Provisional list!

Building on the overwhelming success of our 2018 customized citrus ordering, we are pleased to offer it now for 2019!

All varieties ordered last year were supplied. Now is the time to considered what citrus trees you want to order for next year. You may book your order now. Please see our expanded list of varieties available.

The cost per tree is $56. In January you will be contacted to confirm your order with a 50% deposit. Plants will arrive here in April and be grown on in 2 gallon pots. They will be ready for pick up in June.

Please email us at customer_service@tropicofcanada.ca with any questions.

A Garden Update from a Customer!

We received this great update from Kristin, and she was kind enough to let us share it with you. Doesn’t her garden look great?

“Hey there!

It’s Kristin from Niagara Falls(Incase you don’t remember me, I think I was one of your first customers in spring lol and bought a bunch of great trees) but! You guys were so kind to give me a yacon and I just wanted to send some pictures and update you guys that it grew very well(at least I think so? having no experience lol) 😃 Anyways, I harvested a 5 gallon pail full, ate a bunch and am over wintering some tubers with my fig trees to plant for next year!! So thanks again!! Some pictures below…😊

#1 is a swallowtail butterfly caterpillar that was munching on the Brown’s select satsuma I got from you! Such a gross and neat lil guy

#2 is a nice sunset over the citrus “grove” in warmer times

Here is the guava I got from you, pic was from mid summer, but right now its holding a couple 👍🏼

The banana aka the beast!! Overwintering in the house by a huge window

And finally the yacon!! So the pic is crappy, it was the night of our first frost so I was in a rush to dig it up. But I’d say it got to 6′ tall(picture is deceiving) over the season and with no fertilizing! lol it was a lazy year….The picture below is of the tubers that will be stored for next year’s planting!!

Thanks for looking at the pics and thanks for the great plants!! I’ll be in touch very soon about a citrus order 😃

Sincerely Kristin”

Garden Update w/ Photos!

Cold is starting to set in, so time to bring your ‘tender’ plants indoors for winter. Leave your deciduous plants out until all their leaves have senesced, then place in a cool place for winter. Those who have Olea bushes, they need a cool and also light area as their leaves store their energy until spring.

So ‘is this a good time to prune’, yes if evergreen tender plants. Remove any crossing or damaged shoots first. Then prune to just above a node to your required height/shape. If fruit bearing, allow fruit to ripen before shaping.

Musa can also be pruned if much to tall or wide. There some pictures to show results and regrowth. Second year plants cut as high up as possible to (hopefully) miss taking out the flower bud.

Citrus should mostly have some fruit & blossoms. Blossoms will need to be hand pollinated, easily done in middle of day when pollen is most viable, with a small paint brush. Just dab from blossom to blossom. Does not matter if you cross pollinate or not. Give plant as much light as possible, and as with all evergreen plants rotate them when checking for water needs. Feed about every 6<8 watering’s.

When bringing your plants inside, check for any problems. If there are pest issues then treat then and there, do not wait as they can ‘explode’ when in the calm environment of your home. I have attached some photo’s of a couple of other friends to keep an eye out for.

Yes the frog is native to Ontario, so is used to our climate. Our greenhouse ones do not hibernate, just slow down. Egg cases of Praying mantis can be kept (if nice and dry) in a cool place so they do not hatch prematurely.

Yes, we still have a few plants for seasonal gifts to the gardeners in your family. Never to late to ask Santa for that special gift:)

Garden Update and Photos!

Mid September, temperatures still into the 30’C, we need a couple of inches of rain and cooler temperatures to help the fruit trees get ready for fall. Just finished the Fall fertilizer application, so some rain would be very welcome. If none this week will have to irrigate for the fourth time, this will help disperse the fertilizer and firm up the late October fruits.

Cane & Berry fruits have done very well this year, we estimate we will have 2 years supply of juice and frozen Berries by the time we are finished. Our 25′ square vegetable plot has filled our freezer with Beans (bush & climbing), Broccoli, Carrots (still plenty in ground to last until Christmas), Leek, (still plenty in Ground to last until fall), Melons (still harvesting), Peas (still harvesting). Potatoes are lifted as needed, will not harvest balance until after 2nd frost. Tomatoes (still harvesting) we have enough paste and soup for 18 months. Cutting stuck for winter spring crop, variety is Defiant. Fall crop of Cucumbers variety Camaro, are bearing nicely. Winter Lettuce Larissa planted.

Asian Pears are swelling nicely, the European Pears have been mostly eaten by Wasps. Only 3 types had set, so they were quickly finished off. Maybe it is the thickness of the skin/peel that makes the difference, or perhaps the sugar content at that time of year. A good reason to have 29? different varieties, always have plenty to eat yourself.

We thank Silver Creek Nursery for identifying our red Maxine Pear as Red Anjou. Not a variety they grow normally.

Still lots to do, starting with pot up all the temperate plants, check them for any pest or disease issues. Fertilizer applied in Spring will be depleted. Stake, prune and trim during this warm weather, ideal to dry up the wounds before winter. Look forward to harvest your own temperate fruits from the comfort of your own living room. Could not be more ‘locally’ grown.

We have two more open houses during September on Saturday’s. After those we will be accepting visitors by appointment only.

Thank you.

Week 36 Photo Update

Garden Photo Update Aug 26 2018

Life of a Pineapple

A step by step photo guide of the life of your pineapple plant, from fruit to fruit. We have first fruits ripening in May, second fruits in August /September. Buy one plant, and propagate for life. You’ll always have fresh, delicious pineapple, free from chemicals and pesticides, right your own home. Order yours: customer_service@tropicofcanada.ca