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 Bountiful yields of Turk's Cap fruits this year.

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PostSubject: Bountiful yields of Turk's Cap fruits this year.   Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:36 pm

Just had a light midafternoon snack of Turk's Cap berries and kumquats (both from the garden) and some green tea and fresh mint from the garden.

Turk's Cap is a great Texas native plant to grow in your garden. Loves shade or sun, grows in our native gumbo soil, attracts hummingbirds, and has edible flowers, and fruit for birds and humans. The fruit is mildly sweet and crunchy (tender seeds) and a very satisfying snack. The fruit is high in vitamin C and protien.

Here is more info from a local wild food expert at:
Merriwether's Guide to Edible Wild Plants

My native Turks Caps (Malvaviscus drummondii) have been very productive this year, every few days for the past month I have been picking a few servings of berries and they dont seem to be slowing down yet. Last winter, with the unusually cold weather, they froze back to the ground. In the spring they all grew back. So this year all the branches are first year growth.

In previous years, where they havent died back, I would prune them a bit, but most of the plant continued on to the following year. Yeilds were way less than those this year.

Does anyone know if they produce less on old growth than on new?
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