[nafex] Beach plums
leeareich at gmail.com
Thu Jul 11 09:16:15 EDT 2013
I've grown the Raintree variety, which is Jersey, one of many varieties selected in the 1950s. The fresh flavor is very good but, like other beach plums, the production is very variable.
I also tried a number of numbered varieties at the Rutgers Cream Ridge Station about 15 years ago. Some had excellent flavor. I grew them also but tired of their variable, usually low, productivity. A great show of blooms every year, though.
Lee Reich, PhD
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On Jul 11, 2013, at 4:28 AM, John S wrote:
> Raintree Nursery advertised a red selection, apparently grafted, in their spring catalog this year if I remember correctly. I was not able to get one this year and it does not appear to be in the online catalog at the moment. I'm not sure if it is still available.
> I'm growing about a dozen or more plants, about half from Hartman's and half from Oikos, as well as many seedlings. So far, quality of fruit has ranged widely, but Oikos's Ecos variety has the best size with good taste. I've been working for a few years now to isolate a yellow version, but so far unsuccessful though early in the effort. Ken at Oikos has been very helpful in that effort. He has a few plants that produce yellow fruit and has supplied some seed which I am growing out. The seedlings are demonstrating a range of pigment in leaf and stem which suggests I might have some lighter colored fruiting plants coming along.
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