Thought I'd follow-up with a little frost damage report --- there was no
damage (around here)! In fact, everything's looking to be set pretty heavy... Just as I'd 'feared,' after the worst
production year I could remember, here comes a heavy set of everything. And if you don't read any further --- don't forget to thin!
I've such a menagerie of fruit, I don't count on any one type for production; something always comes through. Last season it was my Kiwi's, which, if I haven't mentioned elsewhere
, lasted into this [May] month!
But there are two trees I'm very excited about this season:
A "Peach Plum," supposedly an old local variety that "everyone" once had. Isolated from my main orchard, I've had it for over 10 years, watched if flower every year, but have NEVER gotten a single fruit from it! -- I don't even know what they look, or taste like?!
I'd grafted another plum variety to it about 4 or 5 years ago, as a pollinator - but it still wouldn't produce. This spring I grafted a handful of two more plum varieties on as pollinators, and they're looking good. But best of all - the tree's loaded with its own fruit - FINALLY!
Secondly, I've had a "Burbank Red Ace" for nearly as long as that Peach Plum
(several acres apart), originally bought to pollinate an "Ozark Premier" plum (since removed). One year the Red Ace
fruited, and they were excellent
. Though last year was a bust ... it, too, has set heavy this spring. I can hardly wait for both!
With apples to juice, figs to dry, pears for the deer, and plums for me --- we're off to a good year