Monday, June 22, 2015

Big sweet cultivated plums harvested off a Chickasaw plum graft

I have been remiss in my garden reporting duties.

A couple of weeks ago I took a picture and it's only just now that I'm posting it.

Check out these plums:

Those were harvested off the improved plum branch I grafted onto my wild Chickasaw plum tree last February.

We got about a dozen fruits off that branch and they were delicious. Chickasaw plum is a really scrappy tree that can handle nematodes, drought, poor soil and lots of abuse... unlike most cultivated fruit trees. Taking advantage of its excellent root system by tacking on better fruit makes a lot of sense. You just need to support the resulting branches or else they'll outgrow the rootstock and pull the tree down to the ground.

In case you missed it, here's a video I recorded recently on this Chickasaw grafting project. You can also see the nectarine and peach scions I grafted onto the wild plum this year:


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At June 24, 2015 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Jeremy Millrood said...

how much sun do the plums need? I'd love to plant one or two, but I'm running out of real estate that isn't shaded..will they do ok in partial sun?

At June 24, 2015 at 8:54 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yes - they'll take partial sun; however they'll likely not fruit quite as much depending on coverage.


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