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Bare Root Plums & Prunes
The majority of our plum offerings are Japanese varieties, which include many different colors, shapes and flavors. The most familiar and popular is Santa Rosa with its tart purple skin and sweet, juicy, amber flesh. The tree is usually very productive and, if the plums are picked when still firm, they are more useful for cooking and baking. When soft ripe, it is best to eat them out of hand.
Plum trees are usually vigorous growers and they have few diseases in our area, considered to be the dry West. If fungal diseases and insects such as scale occur in your area, a spray of either copper or lime sulfur combined with horticultural oil should be applied during the dormant season. When plum leaves start to curl, many people suspect that their trees have been infected with peach leaf curl, the fungal disease of peaches and nectarines. However, curled plum leaves generally indicate the presence of aphids. This problem can be handled with a spray of insecticidal soap, or, if available in your area, a package of live lady bugs.
Plums & Prunes
Blue Damson Plum - Standard ON SALE!
Very old variety, rugged, vigorous and dependable. Small, round, blue-black plums for jams and jellies. Freestone flesh is green and tart. Late blooming, cold hardy to zone 5, heavy bearing. Ripens in late Aug./early Sept. 800 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.
Inca Plum - Standard
Medium, heart shaped. Skin is golden with magenta specks and magenta blush around the stem end when ripe. Flesh is rich, dense and crisp. Unique flavor with a perfect balance of tart and sweet. Ripens early to mid August. 300 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.
Mariposa Plum - Semi-dwarf
Large, red fleshed, sweet, juicy, firm, delicious plum with small pit, nearly freestone. Mottled maroon over green skin. Use fresh or cooked. Ripens in August. 250 hrs. Pollinated by Catalina, Nubiana, or Santa Rosa. Available on Cit.
Nubiana Plum - Standard
Large, sweet, firm fruit with amber flesh and dark purplish black skin. Has flattened shape with very little tartness at skin or pit. Favorite fresh market plum, excellent for home orchard. Ripens in late July/early Aug. 4-500 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.