Tuesday, 3 June 2014

QUICK GUIDE & INTRODUCTION TO GROWING MEDLARS

QUICK GUIDE & INTRODUCTION TO MEDLARS
Attractive small-growing trees steeped in folklore and romantic mystique.
Attractive – toothed leaves colour strongly in Autumn and the flowers in May are quite large.
Seldom growing to more than 10-12’ in height.
Hardy and suitable for all soils except the poorly drained.
No pruning required.
Good varieties are Mespilus germanica – the original species. Nottingham and Royal are good selected fruiting forms. Dutch Monstrous is a larger more vigorous tree which can yield well.
The fruits should be harvested very late in Autumn and need to be rather soft before use.
Medlars are made into Medlar jelly – a piquant addition to meat dishes popular many moons ago.
Steeped in History – Medlar trees were first popularised by the ancient Greeks and later the Romans.

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