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The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture Message Board › Repeal the Ribes (Currants, Gooseberries, Jostaberries) Ban in Maine

Repeal the Ribes (Currants, Gooseberries, Jostaberries) Ban in Maine

Lisa F.
lisa.f.organizer
Group Organizer
Portland, ME
Post #: 1,608
Still looking for someone who might sponsor legislation to repeal. Anyone have a good relationship with someone in a position to do this?
Greg M.
user 3541854
Acton, ME
Post #: 106
sounds like a good hybridization project, Greg

I completely agree, biggest issue I'd have is the length of time required for young Korean Pines to come into seed production. The Korean Pines I planted last year will likely take a few decades to produce seed from what I've read (these are the ones I got from you at last year's plant swap Tree, they look beautiful by the way..thanks again).
What would be great would be to gather seed from mature Korean or Siberian Pines that are producing and only have Eastern White Pine nearby to act as pollen parent. Anyone know of trees like that in the area?
I'll have to check to see what the Northern Nut Growers are up to on this. Here's a related link...makes me want to get planting.
http://www.ringingced...­
Tree
user 4058763
Hollis Center, ME
Post #: 277
Hi Greg,
You should see nut production in 10 years.
Mofga has some 10-year old trees at the fairgrounds. I don't know where, exactly, and I don't know if there are other pines nearby. I'll ask when I go up to the scion exchange.

Tree
zengeos
zengeos
Gorham, ME
Post #: 468
While the effort continues to repeal the ribes ban in Maine, there are numerous other fruiting plants to grow..This year I hope to try mulberries, for instance, as well as finally trying honeyberries.

So, try one of the numerous alternative berrying plants.

Greg M.
user 3541854
Acton, ME
Post #: 108
While the effort continues to repeal the ribes ban in Maine, there are numerous other fruiting plants to grow..This year I hope to try mulberries, for instance, as well as finally trying honeyberries.

So, try one of the numerous alternative berrying plants.


If you try mulberries try cooking the leaves too, and drying the fruit (at least of white mulberries). http://www.apiosinsti...­

And if a repeal goes through try growing red currants under that mulberry in the partial shade!
David S.
stereoview
Washington, ME
Post #: 621
I think a simple review of Mendellian genetics should explain why outcrossing would be a big problem. One of every four outcrossed plants would have no traits for pine rust resistance. The two hybrids of four would have only some resistance.

You have to ask yourself if endangering one of Maine's most important resources would be worth it so a few folks can grow currants in their back yards.

David
Debbie A.
user 8315349
Brunswick, ME
Post #: 4
Thanks, Lisa, for bringing this issue forward. A considered reevaluation of this ban is timely.
Lisa F.
lisa.f.organizer
Group Organizer
Portland, ME
Post #: 1,621
Well, I wouldn't say that I'm "coordinating the effort" but I certainly did want to get the conversation started. http://www.pressheral...­
A former member
Post #: 1
While the effort continues to repeal the ribes ban in Maine, there are numerous other fruiting plants to grow..This year I hope to try mulberries, for instance, as well as finally trying honeyberries.

So, try one of the numerous alternative berrying plants.


If you try mulberries try cooking the leaves too, and drying the fruit (at least of white mulberries). http://www.apiosinsti...­

And if a repeal goes through try growing red currants under that mulberry in the partial shade!

I've been trying to get some Illinois Everbearing Mulberries growing for a couple of years. They supposedly are the hardiest hybrid, but I've found them extremely slow to break dormancy, then susceptible to early season frosts. I've decided to ignore them--if they manage to do something this year then great, but otherwise I've stopped coddling them.
A former member
Post #: 653
Here is the ribes that New Hamshire says are resistant:

http://www.nhdfl.org/...­
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