[nafex] pruning Toka plum

Steve sdw12986 at aol.com
Mon Mar 12 23:21:43 EDT 2012

Yeah, Toka will do that. One thing about Toka (someone please confirm 
that mine isn't the only one that does this), the fruits tend to fall 
when they are ripe AND the fruit is so firm that falling doesn't 
generally bruise it. It is edible at that firm crunchy stage. My point 
is, maybe keeping it short and manageable isn't as important as you think.
For me, LaCrescent is more vigorous than any other plum that I grow. It 
gets taller than Toka. However, I guess I've never had a whole Toka 
tree. I've only grafted it onto other plums. Anyway, LaCrescent makes a 
big tree but it has never made more than a little basket of plums in any 
year. That could be due to my location.

Steve in the Adirondacks

On 3/12/2012 9:20 PM, Melissa Kacalanos wrote:
> My 'LaCrescent' plum is shaping itself into a beautiful, small, open-center tree, but my 'Toka' plum is growing very large and imitating a bradford pear, with oodles of vertical branches. Wondering what to do about it, it occurred to me that I could cut out the central leader, and then most of what was left would be the approximate size and shape of my 'LaCrescent', with an open center. Would that be a good idea? This would be very major surgery. They're only a few years old, and although they flowered last year, haven't fruited yet.
> Melissa
> central NY, used to be zone 5, now zone 6 by the new map.
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