[NAFEX] Superior plum
Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Fri Nov 14 19:03:57 EST 2008
Mark, I can't say exactly what Gurney's or Henry Fields is selling as
"Hybrid Superior Plum," but 'Superior' plum is a hybrid. Its parentage
is 'Burbank' (P. salicina) x 'Kaga' (P. simonii).
My experience has been that the best way to find out what a nursery is
selling exactly is to talk to either one of the nursery's buyers (most
amil order nurseries buy from wholesale nurseries) or to a person who
works in a relatively high position in marketing and sales.
'Superior' is still quite a popular cultivar in the Great Plains. I
suspect that the "Hybrid Superior Plum" that Henry Field's is selling is
'Superior' because some of the customers famililar with the cultivar
would know the difference.
I looked at the color photo on the Henry Fields site, and appears that
the bloom was wiped off or the color was enhanced to make the fruit
appear redder and more attractive. However, in their marketing,
nurseries sometimes use alluring photos of another cultivar instead of
the cultivar they are selling.. For contrast, look at the photos of
Quite frankly, if I was concerned about really getting 'Superior', I'd
buy from a nursery that sells to commercial growers or one that I had
more confidence in. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mark Angermayer
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2008 5:13 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] Superior plum
Could I get some assistance? I'd like to order a Pixie Crunch apple,
and Henry Fields/Gurneys carries it. I know they're not the best
nursery to order from, but I believe Pixie Crunch has pretty tight
licensing and forbids most nurseries from propagating it. Since Henry
Fields currently has "buy $25, get $25 free" I was also thinking about
getting a Superior plum.
Trouble is they call their plum, "Hybrid Superior plum." I'm wondering
if this is something different than Superior plum? I wouldn't normally
be so suspicious, but these companies are bad to rename stuff. Gurney's
(basically the same company) shows a Superior plum and the picture looks
a little different. I called Henry Fields but the lady I spoke with
really didn't have a clue. Anybody familiar with this plum that
wouldn't mind taking a look at the link and tell me if it looks like a
real Superior plum?
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