[NAFEX] Plum Choices

Martha Barrett / Scott Weber bluestem_farm at juno.com
Mon Aug 2 09:25:32 EDT 2004

The only ones we have experience with are the Toka and the Green Gage,
neither of which has given us any fruit.  The green gage is huge and
apparently healthy, blooms well but drops its fruit long before it is
grown.  Toka is younger, smaller, and not as healthy (disease or a
deer--I forget which--destroyed half of it a few years ago), has bloomed
well and also lost all of its fruits early, although not as early as the
green gage.  This year I tried spraying Surround, and although we had way
too much rain to keep the trees covered as recommended it looks as though
we might get one fruit from each one.  In terms of fruitfulness I
wouldn't recommend  either one.  Our Pipestone has many fruits on it now,
and in a few days I may even get a chance to taste one.  This year is the
first that it has held on to more than one; I credit the Surround for
holding the curculios at bay.
Muffy Barrett 
zone 4 Baraboo WI

On Thu, 29 Jul 2004 23:45:30 +0000 "del stubbs" > writes:
>Below is a list of the plums I have growing vigorously enough that I 
>to take scions from them and start budding onto a half dozen p. 
>americanas I 
>have ready and waiting.
>I'd like to choose just one or two to propagate on the 6 trees.
>I am asking for recommendations - because I have as yet to taste any 
>these varieties of plums - none in my young orchard have fruited yet 
>(oh the 
>faith of a new orchardist!)
>Green Gage
>La Cross
>Prairie Egg
>S. Dakota
>Pittsen #2
>A local grower prefers Grenville, so if I have no other influence I 
>probably go that route - I am hoping to sell a few commercially and 
>need to 
>offer only a couple choices. thanks much, Del z3
>Del Stubbs  http://www.pinewoodforge.com  ag zone2/3
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