Q: Five years ago, I planted a Honeycrisp apple tree. The tag said it needed a partner for pollinating, but since my neighbor has a Haralson apple, I didn’t plant a second tree. The tree is beautiful with healthy foliage, but has never had a single blossom. Am I being impatient? My neighbor’s Haralson tree started producing the fourth season. – Bill Schumacher, Hillsboro, N.D. A: Honeycrisp has quickly become one of the most talked-about apple varieties worldwide since it was introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1990.
Quiz time in school usually gave me an upset stomach. But we’ll grade our own papers on today’s gardening quiz, and if you use a No. 2 pencil, the rest of us will look the other way if you make any corrections while we’re checking answers. A wealth of gardening information can be gathered while pondering questions. As one of my college professors was fond of saying, the following test contains a little something for everyone.
Raise your hand if your mother or grandmother had a natural knack for raising beautiful flowers. Immigrants to this region obviously brought an appreciation for floriculture from the old country. When we cultivate blooms today, we’re upholding a great tradition. Flowers from great-grandmother’s day were usually planted in flowerbeds close to the house, and pots of geraniums graced the front steps. Can you imagine their reaction at today’s fancy container plantings around the patio and hot-tub?
Q. I’ve got to ask myself a question. How could I misidentify the photograph that was sent to me of the small trees near the Fargo Macy’s? – Don Kinzler, Fargo A. Well, maybe my reading glasses need updating or else I need to start shopping at upscale department stores.