[NAFEX] Unusual June drop behavior

John Bunker john.p.bunker at gmail.com
Thu Jun 10 07:45:25 EDT 2010

Hi Sherwin,
When topworking plums, sometimes (or often) one variety will take over  
the tree and "crowd out" the other(s).  Bob Kurle - one of the NAFEX  
old timers and a mentor to me- alway told me to restrict my plum trees  
to one variety each for that reason.  You may also have some other  
weird stuff going on because of the two separate species on one tree.

On a slightly different subject, I had 1502 many years ago but it  
died.  I would be interested in obtaining scionwood next winter if  
that might be possible.  Please contact me off list.

Best regards,
John Bunker
trees at fedcoseeds.com
PO Box 520
Waterville ME 04903

On Jun 8, 2010, at 6:27 PM, sherwin dubren wrote:

> Our plum tree is 2/3 Stanley Plum and 1/3 N.Y. 1502, an
> Asian plum.  We have had our June drop and strangely, the
> Stanley has dropped much more fruit, especially considering
> that the fruit set was about the same density for both
> varieties.  Perhaps this is a genetic thing, but it is
> interesting all the same.  The Asian plum is on younger
> wood having been grafted on about 6 years ago onto this
> Stanley from 1989.  The Asian plum has grown very vigorously
> in comparison with the Stanley that has very little growth
> in recent years.  This is a dwarf tree and I never found
> out what rootstock it is on.
>                  Sherwin Dubren
>                  Morton Grove, IL
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