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dpack



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 19 11:06 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

iirc the sticky seeds travel on as well as in birds

buzzy



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 19 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
iirc the sticky seeds travel on as well as in birds


When I was young I was always told that it spread by birds wiping their sticky beaks on branches, but perhaps people were being too coy to say "It spreads in s**t"!

Henry

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 19 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It spreads. Branch to branch and tree to tree. Birds. Squirrels. Gravity. Whatever. If conditions are right, it’s a proper weed.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 19 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

But at least a weed you can sell one month in the year

Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 19 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have just realised i know quite a few ancient and elderly apple trees and cannot think of any in this area with mistletoe on them.

distribution linky

nick is in the middle of the densest distribution so "over run " seems normal for there and where i am has almost none on the map.

we do have overwintering blackcaps so that along with a bit warmer might make it more common.

as we have a well established old tree flora and fauna i think i will give introduction a miss and let any changes happen without help.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 19 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh. For sure. It’s one of Herefordshire’s routine cash crops. Massive markets for it from late October onwards. It thrives in our old orchards of apples. Slightly less so in pears I think.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 19 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

my chum from hudds used to be sent by his mum to the family hovel with an orchard in normandy every late november to fill a van with clippings to pay for the family christmas.

if you have plenty of berries at the right time it is a good cash crop, perhaps even better than the apples for the effort involved.

apples = a fair bit of work over the year

mistletoe = a couple of days cutting and a few phone calls

i was quite surprised at the price they got especially if the uk domestic crop was berry light that year.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 19 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No phone calls. Cut and take it to the market.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 19 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

very easy

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 19 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I can't think that in my 48 years of living up north that I have ever seen any mistletoe growing on a tree.

Maybe I'm going to make my millions in a few years.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 19 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i dont remember any in london or more than a couple of examples in the south east that i saw in 14 yrs .

Shan



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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 19 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Damn stuff has completely killed 3 apple trees and is steadily spreading through the trees along our mill race.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 19 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know of a few trees with mistletoe, but it isn't common in the south and south east.

Nick



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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 19 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well. We have tons. If anyone wants, I’m happy to spread my seed around.

As it were.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
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Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 19 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have loads in poplars about 30 minutes north, but havnt seen any where we are in S Dordogne. I did buy some and tried the berries last March but nothing.
The gypsies stand outside the supermarkets here the week before Christmas selling it for 5 euros for a tiny sprig. No one buys it - they hate the gypsies here.

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