Re: asian plum pollination
Hey Rooney, nice shot
I thought maybe you’d done some research like I had several years ago to find out why one of my most coveted Japanese plum trees hardly sets any fruit (Burbank Red Ace
)… Then found out that Luther Burbank had been crossing them with the equivalent of their parents and siblings. Sure, the resulting fruit can
be amazing, but finding a pollinator has been near impossible.
So, after doing loads more research I learn of a compatible combination not so closely related (and blooming at the same time), procure a stick or two from our scion exchange, graft them around the orchard… and wait. Hopefully ‘this’ will be the year – but maybe not?
With regard to pollinating insects, check out the night-time activity, too. I was amazed
one night by the activity of small moths and friends ‘working’ a plum tree by moonlight! Gave me an additional perspective on pollination. So, as I’d been drilling countless holes in wooden blocks to house Mason bees …the real action may have been occurring at night
Not far from my hometown of Portland, I hope to get at least a half-decent set on my Japanese plums (Satsuma & Shiro
), cuz if I were to only have one fruit tree, that combo would likely be it. That said, and at a slightly higher altitude, mine have yet to bloom …leaving the chance the sun might reappear just in time …cuz the moon’s almost gone