Where do you find them?
Can they be grown in a large pot to keep it from spreading?
I am sure they can be grown in a large pot. It is hard to keep them from growing.
Sources: Tons of mail order.
Local: Baker's lists several...whether they have them (I haven't noticed). If they have them I assume they are $24 apiece.
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They only have Contorted (So), GA-866, and Li in stock -- at least as of last week. GA-866 probably doesn't work well out here, unfortunately.
I really haven't had a problem with the roots causing recruits to pop up all over the place, and I have four trees. I think that's really more of a problem if you have a flood irrigated lot.
do you have the li?
Do they grow in full sun?
I have Li, Sherwood (with Shanxi Li and Honeyjar grafts), So, and Sugar Cane. All of them grow in full, blazing sun and are receiving basin irrigation. Here are some shots of some of my trees. One of the Lis and the Sherwood have been in the ground for 3 years from bare root and are pretty big. My other trees were put in last year.
Sherwood and Li (background):
Li and Sugar Cane
the li and sherwood are three years old, only? Have to say they are huge for age, considering that they were planted bare root.
I have been pretty aggressive on the nitrogen in the spring. You should see my other trees...
My neighbor's Li or Lang (whichever one kinda sucks--the "date" shaped one) sure does. (flood irrigated land)
Interesting that root propagated trees (like their seed) don't breed true.
Lang sucks. Sherwood sucks too.
really curious, what's wrong with sherwood? Is it the fruit quality or the low-production?
Production and quality. Barely produces here in the Southwest and it's fairly bland unless completely brown (at which point it tastes like a drier Li). It does better in the Southeast. Some jujubes do better in other areas of the country than here. Tigertooth and Honey Jar apparently do better in the East and are duds in the West; likewise, Sugar Cane does better here. Li seems to do well anywhere.
thanks Andrew. Should have corresponded with you a month earlier, as it would have made me do a little more planning on where to plant the fifteen or so of different jujube varieties(as opposed to randomly). I am still hoping honey jar and sherwood would appreciate the higher elevation in las vegas, relative to phoenix, but admittedly, am resigned to expecting what you've experienced yourself. My only hope is for honey jar to do well enough here, as it is reported to perform well in the higher elevations in new mexico.
will be checking your photo albums now and then, to check on your jujube's growth ;)
is your shanxi li doing ok, taste-wise and production-wise?
I grafted a few branches last year of Shanxi Li, so no fruit yet. I think the fruit will likely be similar to Li, just a lot bigger. Like I said, the stories I've heard about Honey Jar and a few others out here are all anecdotal. Unfortunately, though, Sherwood has been a dud for me.
I hope your trees prove otherwise and you get lots of fruit. If not, you can always topwork the trees.
Here's a good reference for you. Pay attention to pages 20-21. I also have the Roger Meyer notebook on Jujubes -- unfortunately, not scanned.
I'll probably get Ant Admire and Chico next year if I can find more room in the yard.