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    I've only seen it on fruit trees too but NG mentioned oak trees!
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    Good god - you paid attention to what I said I found up one old thread I read http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...toe_24789.html but I have no idea where the oak bit came from (it might have been for illustration purposes - I have slept since then ). My mistletoe berries came from apple and they have taken on apple and pear but the ones on my cherry failed. I think sparrows were from apple and they took on both apple and blackthorn but that was a while ago I don't know how they are now.

    If you have plenty of berries just stick them on everything and if too many take flick them out they are very very slow growing. Just make sure you tie something to the tree to mark where you put the seed, unlike me.
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    I always listen to every word you say, NG but I'll forget that you said Oak and put them up the apples and pears.
    Am now wondering whether you can root mistletoe and "graft" it onto fruit trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
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    Am now wondering whether you can root mistletoe and "graft" it onto fruit trees.
    Seeing how slowly the seedling has grown, I wouldn't have thought the mistletoe material could nourish itself for as long as it would take to take to the host plant. Does that make sense?.

    Mine have been on almost a year and they are still little seedy things with tiny green sprouty legs, they don't look like they are 'anchored' to the host plant still. They still look quite flickable

    Edit: You could always try and let us know how it goes. I know you like a challenge
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    The twiggy bits are in water, as we speak.
    The berries are in a plastic box as "it" says they need to be kept in the light and planted about February. That'll give me time to find some suitable branches...........and a label
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I've just bought 2 bunches of mistletoe from Morries - yellow stickered to 09p
    I have apple and oak trees in the garden - but which to choose as the host? Both, I guess
    Mine has taken on both the apple and on the blackthorn. In year one it is seriously unimpressive. I can post photos if that would help? They no longer have any seed left and the 'legs' it grew have definitely anchored themselves into the hosts.

    I don't think you can graft it, because of the root system it needs to build into the host, but would be happy to be proved wrong.
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    Would love to see piccies please sparrow!

    I have an old apple tree in the garden.
    8 years ago when we came here, I noticed a small clump of mistletoe in it....this year it's about a foot in diameter....and a couple of years ago I found its sibling on another branch...now the size of an orange.

    If anyone is desperate for fresh ( from apple tree )seeds in Februarry I am happy to send some.
    There are however only a few seeds, so , let me know- name out of a hat job
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    Here you go:

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    It looks the same on both the apple and the blackthorn. Though the blackthorn is harder to find because (though all the growing guides warn you to) I didn't label the trees properly and I've forgotten where I stuck it. The little green 'poo' shapes are about 4-5mm long.
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