[NAFEX] Please advise: Thinning plums

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri May 2 16:28:47 EDT 2003

Shaking IS a way to thin.  Don't overdo it on Hollywood, though.  It's a
very nice plum, but you pick it within minutes after it ripens.  That's not
much of an exaggeration.  I've seen it go from firm to so soft the stem end
pulled out like a cone in one day, and it was mush on the ground shortly
after that.  
-Lon Rombough

From: "Moyer, Richard" <ramoyer at king.edu>
Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 15:34:03 -0400
To: "'nafex at lists.ibiblio.org'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: [NAFEX] Please advise: Thinning plums

Our Hollywood purple leaf plum has been in about 8 years and routinely
freezes, we've only eaten 1 plum in this time.

Since last freeze was in late March, after this tree bloomed, it's now
loaded with fruit from pea to black olive size.  Limbs are bending with
hundreds of plums per limb.

Lacking experience with plums, we need advice on efficient thinning for one

How far apart should each fruit be when done?
Can I grab the limb and shake severely at this stage, at least to get

Ideas and experience appreciated.

Richard Moyer
Zone 6, East Tenn
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