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franklazar26

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Flying Dragon Fruiting requirements?
« on: May 28, 2021, 02:50:49 PM »
Hello all! I recently got a nice flying dragon with a few fruits on it for rootstock use later on. I know trifoliates are deciduous, do they require a “chill period” such as other deciduous trees do in order to fruit? Or do they just fruit according to photoperiod (such as day length and temp rises)? There’s not a whole lot of info out there! I attempted at some FD’s last year however they died in the cold, leaving them outside during the winter too long and I don’t want that to happen again! Thanks all.


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Re: Flying Dragon Fruiting requirements?
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2021, 03:05:06 PM »
Mine is in grown in ground in zone 6a on the north side of my house and it fruits.

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Re: Flying Dragon Fruiting requirements?
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2021, 03:07:06 PM »
I have a c-35 that flowers and fruits despite never seeing temps below 50-55F in my greenhouse.  I dont think they need chill hours

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Re: Flying Dragon Fruiting requirements?
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2021, 03:09:19 PM »
Awesome, so I’m assuming Poncirsguy’s gets cold enough to shed its leaves, and Brian yours trifoliate just flowers and fruits without anything? Are they more so prolific or seems once a crop goes they begin to fruit again?

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Re: Flying Dragon Fruiting requirements?
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2021, 05:12:20 PM »
They require a cold period try to leave them outside in December until the hard freezing of January, a month is enough.
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Re: Flying Dragon Fruiting requirements?
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2021, 06:56:37 PM »
Mine only seems to flower once a year in spring.

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Re: Flying Dragon Fruiting requirements?
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2021, 08:24:08 PM »
Awesome, thanks all. I suppose I'll let them shed their leaves and then acclimate it back into the growth room this winter. I live in Zone 5 so get pretty freezing temps around here.

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Re: Flying Dragon Fruiting requirements?
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2021, 11:24:21 PM »
In zone 5 you may have to  protect them on below 5F for a few years.

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Re: Flying Dragon Fruiting requirements?
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2021, 11:51:02 AM »
Growing a FD on the northside of the house as poncirusguy does, allows the tree to harden up in the fall and be ready for the colder temperatures of winter. I once  grew a FD near a south facing wall of one of my barns, and when the first real cold night came it died.  I am in zone 5.
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