The recent wonderful rain that has turned my place from a desert like area with brown crunchy grass and struggling fruit trees into something that is now flourishing is not only great for the spirits but also possibly a provider of lessons.
For example, my hedge of Pomegranates has not been a provider of much fruit, and while the bushes are still relatively young, they have often produced flushes of flowers, but very little has come to maturity. My thinking was that as these are best in a Mediterranean climate, and they have a reputation for being extremely hardy, it is best to not water too heavily when they flower as fruit set might be aided by fooling the trees into going into survival mode and desperately trying to cling onto any fruit. This year the bushes had quite a lot of flowers and I watered them lightly in the dry spell. Well all of the flowers fell off, and I thought "that's it for another year". But No!!! They have responded to the wet spell by again coming out in even more flowers, many more flowers than before. While these may not yet become fruit, it at least tells me that my approach previously was off the mark. So I will be providing these bushes with loads of water in an effort to see if this makes them more productive.
I am also keeping an eye on all the other fruit trees which have not fulfilled their promise in dry spells. For example, I have a Tamarind tree, It was one of the first trees to get planted here. I have only ever had I year of flowering (2 years ago) in around 20 years, but no pods formed. I read up on what the tree needed and my info told me that It comes from very dry regions, so I didn't water at all. Will it produce flowers this year? Well it's now coming out of it's winter dormancy and so I just might get a different result this year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!
Has anyone else noticed similar differences caused by the rain? Does anyone else have a Tamarind tree? What can I expect or do for this tree?
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