[NAFEX] Beach Plum questions

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Jul 6 10:23:27 EDT 2009

I had a beach plum on St. Julian rootstock for many years, so the 
species can be grafted to avoid the suckering problem.  Mine was about 
six feet tall, more like a big bush than a tree.  I only had one, and 
it bloomed so late nothing was left in bloom to pollinate it, so I 
never got fruit.
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On Jul 6, 2009, at 6:36 AM, mIEKAL aND wrote:

I've never lost any Beach plums to winter kill, but don't think it has
gotten below -35 here in the last 10 years.  They do sucker & form a
thicket very quickly so work great for wild plantings, for more formal
orchard spacing the suckers would have to be kept up with.  Also a
large percentage of the fruit becomes mummified before becoming ripe,
probably because I do have mine in a thicket & the air circulation is
not good.   Fruit extremely astringent.


What are the best plums for putting up wine in a northern climate?

On Jul 6, 2009, at 7:46 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:

>    As I mentioned in an earlier post, my Winter received over an
> inch of
> rain added to the snow so the snow pack had little insulative
> properties.
>    I had 24 Beach Plum bushes and two of them proved to be hardier
> than the
> others.  These two bloomed producing fruit.
> Question No. 1:  There are no crescent shaped marks on the plums; do
> Curcullios not like Beach Plum?
> Question No. 2:  If all continues as is, I could get a handful of
> plums.
> Hopefully it is not too early to ask; does anyone want seed from
> bushes that
> thrive after -38 F.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
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