[NAFEX] Plum questions...

Mauch1 at aol.com Mauch1 at aol.com
Mon Jun 16 12:21:04 EDT 2003


I'm having similar frustrations here in zone 6 PA.  I have two 
Japanese plums, Elephant Heart and Purple Heart.  They don't 
bloom "quite" synchronously.  And one (I can't remember which 
at the moment) blooms rather sparsely.  One of them did retain 
a few plumlets for a while, but I think the continuous rain 
did them in.  I grafted Santa Rosa on one tree and Shiro on  
the other this spring to hope improve pollination going 
forward. If I had it to over, I'd plant them together as 
discussed in this forum previously (please see question below.)
I've had decent luck getting Euro plums to flower, but I lost 
Stanley (?delayed transplanting shock?), and I now have Early 
Lambert which is not self-fertile.  Gene, you mentioned Red 
Heart, but what are you hoping to have pollinate it?  European
plums to my knowledge won't pollinate Japanese, and Reine 
Claude's are generally not self-fertile (from what I've read).

Question:  In this forum dual planting of plums has been 
"promoted", but my impression is that it was generally in
reference to Japanese plums.  I am getting "tight" (those with
small properties may now laugh derisively) on space I want to 
use for fruit.  Any opinions on planting 3 trees together of 
the European plum type?  Any opinions welcome.

Chris Mauchline
SE PA, zone 6
40° 5' N    75° 51'W
~650 ft elevation

>   I'm getting pretty frustrated in my plum-growing >efforts here in
>western NC (zone 6).  My Red Heart has flowered the past 3 >years, but nary a
>plum.  Late frosts are the big problem (like most of us on >the east coast, I
>suspect).  My Riene Claude D'Oullins is about 8 years old and >hasn't yet
>flowered. Are the Europeans slow to mature?  Are European >plums generally
>later blooming than Japanese or hybrids?  Any recommended >varieties for east
>coast climate that typically experiences late freezes?

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