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Post A new plum species ...
I have a new species of plum from the Republic of Georgia. It is known locally as Alucha. For a picture of this plum please go to:

http://www.fruit-tree.com/images/Alucha.jpg


Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:07 pm
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Granny Smith's of the plum world? Actually, they look great ... especially at this time of year, as we slowly become fruit starved.

What season are they (in the US)?

I think plums are a neglected fruit tree in home orchards; and I mean "Japanese" type plums -- not what 'we' call "Prunes" (or European plums).

They're vigorous, quick to bear fruit, forgiving when pruned, pest free for me, easy to graft multiple varieties to, and excellent early season fruit. The kind of fruit you can only fully appreciate in your own yard -- while bending foreward with juice dripping from your elbows :P

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Sun Mar 04, 2007 6:14 pm
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The botanical name is Prunus vachuschtii and they ripen in late July in Oregon. They are very popular in the Republic of Georgia. They use them for fresh eating, canning and one of their traditional meat dishes.

When ripe they are green/yellowish green. The picture shows their size in relation to a cherry.

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Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:56 pm
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Not seen anyone advertising this in the UK


Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:46 am
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Marc,

I searched the NPGS/GRIN for vachuschtii and came up with nothing. What quarantine process did this plum go thru if any?

I worry about samsonite prunus importers, as Europe is FULL of Plum Pox Virus! That is a disease we can live without. To get a scion of such and such plum wood into the country and circumvent quarantine procedures just to be the first on the block to market a new plum is not good.

If I am wrong about all or any of this, please correct me.


Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:48 am
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Marc,

Even seeds are a source of Plum Pox Virus. Be careful you don't introduce a disease to Oregon that you cannot live down! There are cheap testing services available, tell me if you want the contacts...

If I am wrong about all or any of this, please correct me.


Sun Apr 08, 2007 4:43 pm
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