[NAFEX] Tasty Japanese hybrid plums for hot and humid areas?

MARIE ASHTON bwoodtx at verizon.net
Tue Nov 20 14:10:50 EST 2007

 A question, have you tried any of the European (domestica) plums, they seem 
to to well in the Northeast.

Also, I understand that Methley has shown to be a good producer in Maryland.

Richard Ashton
Oak Creek Orchard
bwoodtx at verizon.net

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Smith" <scott at cs.jhu.edu>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 9:58 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Tasty Japanese hybrid plums for hot and humid areas?

>I have been on a plum odyssey here.  I started off growing all the
> California Japanese plums and pluots in my Maryland climate, but I
> have not had much luck at all with them.  Shothole disease has been a
> big problem, as has been getting crops to set.  In particular I have
> had bad luck with Santa Rosa, Howard Miracle, Elephant Heart, and
> Wickson, and all pluots.  I have had good luck with some as well:
> Shiro and La Crescent have exhibited good disease resistance and good
> productivity.  These are crosses of Japanese and American plums and
> so I now feel that is the way to go, but I don't know what the best
> ones are.  I am trying Superior which I know others are having  good
> luck with in my climate, but no crops there yet.  I am not trying any
> of the Georgia or AU selections since I have not heard great comments
> on their flavor.  I take that back,  I have heard Rubysweet is very
> good and was going to try that one.  I am also trying the Spring
> Satin plumcot to see how that works.  And, I have heard that Crimson
> Beauty (another Byron, Georgia selection) is tasty but cannot find a
> source now.  I also plan to try Purple Heart and Gracious: based on
> my positive experience  with La Crescent and Superior, the cold-hardy
> plums appear to be good bets for me.  Comments from growers in hot,
> humid regions on any of the plums I have mentioned here, or other
> varieties you have had good luck with are greatly appreciated.
> Scott
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