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Pacific conditions for Breeding
Vancouver SW Washington
778 Posts
March 13, 2024 - 4:37 pm

Sometimes I think of ourselves being here and with this internet as here to inspire ourselves. Here means, for all intensive purposes, the proximity to the coast and cool spring wet weather. Some of the things we know avoiding when it comes to what kinds of things to avoid and one of those is anything that flowers earlier than sweet cherry due to lacking pollinators or the partial infertility of the specific cultivar. And speaking of infertility and sweet cherry, I wanted to post a link on 'Royal Anne' sweet cherry as studied for the level of fertility it has and normal spring temperatures don't seem to be a requirement for the RA cherry.

The option to download two PDF pages related to RA cherry and fertility information:$002fjournals$002fhortsci$002f20$002f5$002farticle-p913.xml (circa-1980)

They list a stand out cultivar of a pollinator for Royal Anne which goes a long way of how or why we don't necessarily need to blame the bees all the time. The bottom line is we need to continue testing, or the very least, keep bringing up historical data all the time so it never gets lost. 

Next idea:

This recent discovery of DNA on yeast, adequately explains the nature of DNA, that all organisms evolve 'classes', meaning separation of life materialistic forms based on the speed of the DNA migration speeds, and the article is just one way. I also think it has application why it is that plums dominate in widely specific crosses such as 'Nadia' and other cherry x plum and apricot x plum offspring towards plum, assuming speed is favoring plum. If correct it's safe to assume all hybrids with plum are predominately plum. 

The theoretical here is that apricot and sweet cherry are slow. The proven here is that 'Royal Anne' is a sweet cherry and has remained popular through the ages in maritime British Isles and here for being so simply reliable during flowering. The latter of which makes sense over any other cultivar (and in light of recent info in last link) for making new 'sweet cherry' x 'apricot' hybrids from it. 

It's also hypothetical that many readers won't know what plums crossed to other apricots and cherries taste like (plum dominates) but still might agree or appreciate (somewhat) a little bit about speciation. 

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