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"Where are they going?" you ask. Well, I've convinced my hubby that the two lolly pop trees (which now fall under the category of "Useless" for me) in front of the house are going and the loquat and peanut butter tree are going there. The finger lime can go out the back in the curved garden.

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Comment by Susan on June 6, 2016 at 6:50

Go for it Dianne!! I never remove fruit that develop after planting either.  Think of that beautiful little finger lime - you'll have to do something amazing with the little fruit.  Mine got planted yesterday :)

Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 6, 2016 at 6:45

I do know what I should and shouldn't do when it comes to plants. I do everything I can to give my plants a good start in life. firstly I fill the hole with water allow to drain, I then soak my plants in a Seaweed Solution before planting, teasing and trimming back any unruly roots. I put a sprinkle of Goldfungi and Seamungus into the bottom of the hole digging it in and trim the top growth if it is misshapen, I then sprinkle D Earth around and over plant and water in with Go Go Juice. To my knowledge I have never had fruit on plants I have planted, with the exception of Blueberries which I did remove. I have not that I can remember lost a plant after planting.

The Finger Lime that started this discussion has been in for a while, I am sure that most of the plants are more than 2 to 3 years old before I get them, I then allow my plants to grow and fruit the why they want, it is my thoughts and observations that lead me to think that a plant will drop fruit if it feels it is overloaded or not ready to sustain the fruit to maturity. I feel I give my plants a very good start in life and if I have a plant that is not growing well after planting it is usually due to the location or soil and I then try to remedy the situation.

Comment by Lissa on June 6, 2016 at 4:32

It's a good idea to remove any fruit, flowers or excess stem growth from newly planted plants, I would have to agree.

I got greedy with a fig plant bought covered in little fruit - they all eventually died and fell off but figs are hardy and the plant eventually picked up. If I had removed the fruit it may have picked up sooner.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 5, 2016 at 22:21

It's the transplanting not the growing - transplanting always results in root damage. The root hairs - a one-cell-thick structure which draws up water, die on exposure to air. It's the root hairs which determine how quickly the plant settles in.

I have been pruning my newly-planted plants both bought and own-grown. Might be the deluding myself but they do seem to get growing more easily.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on June 5, 2016 at 16:37

Not in my house - I figure if it was growing in the wild there is no gardener going around cutting them back.  I figure the animals will eat some when they get to a reasonable size so I tip prune when it is fully settled in.  If it flowers and gives fruit even better.

Comment by Christa on June 5, 2016 at 13:24

Nope, not when I receive them, so I suppose I am not following Daleys instuctions. I suppose it would be different with different plants, e.g. bare root plants. Lanky plants get a bit of a haircut. My aim when I receive them is to give them a good water and then settle them into their new location.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 5, 2016 at 13:05

I know but I just hate to do it. But I guess I should. Does everyone else cut there's back when you first plant?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 5, 2016 at 12:58

If you follow Daley's advice, cut off any flowers from first-year plants. Allow the plant to bed itself in and be happy in its spot. Then it can flower and fruit to its heart's content.

Daley's say to cut off most of the foliage of new plants after they are planted. Cuts down on the transpiration and gives the roots a chance to catch up. Works a treat.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 5, 2016 at 12:11

I noticed this morning on one of my Finger Limes a tiny little flower. Maybe our first fruit baby is on it's way.

Comment by Lissa on May 30, 2016 at 4:29

Susan - "still have the hedges" lol. Not for much longer methinks. I've always thought Jaboticaba would make the best productive hedge. You could stagger the different varieties.

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