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Gracious Plum

Mandan, ND 1957 ~ open pollinated seedling, multi cross

 

planted 2002  on american plum rootstock.  First harvest 2011

+ graft on Tri-Plum 2011 (G2)

+ 2 pits planted 2018 (GP1 & GP2)
 

Gracious Plum tree 2018 winter

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  PLUMS

     Alderman

  American

  Gracious

  Grenville

  LaCrescent

  Mont Royal

  NorthernBlue

  Sapalta Chum

  South Dakota

  Underwood

  Waneta

Late Summer - Oval to roundish yellow-orange fruit with coral-red mottling.Yellow orange firm juicy sweet flesh. Freestone. Excellent fresh eating, sauce or jam. Upright spreading tree. Rare. Z3.



2021 - Hot, dry spring. 5/18-21 all plums, chums full bloom. 5/27 four nights freezes 24-30 deg. No fruit. April pruned quite a bit off top and opening up center. Looking better.  Cut down Tri-Plum (Gracious, Underwood, LaCrescent).


2020 - 5/26 full bloom. 5/31 freeze 25 deg. Half dozen fruit. 9/5 not ripe yet, small.


2019 - 5/11 cut out/off upper branches to lower top, plus a ctr cross lg one. Pulled, tied, weight quite a few to get more weep. Pruned some long upright spurs. Was more new wood than previous, most at top. More spreading now. 9/11-20 2 ripe drops, quite a few more on tree. Pick as ripe = 43 total.

G2 - 9/13-20 15 total ripe fruit, smaller than main tree fruit.

Last fall's pits grew well, vigorous, transplanted from nursery 10/7. GP#1 - 28"^. Trimmed to 1 shoot & transpl to east orchard halfway between Southworth & Patten. Good roots.  GP#2 to ne area, south of LAnse & Trader.


2018 - Summer pruned some larger limbs, thinned some, full of spurs. Full bloom - 6 fruit. Mature end Aug/first Sept. All leaves buckshot. Some long growth on some branches, none on others. Need to cut those back to get new wood. Maybe need to spur prune more.

Planted 2 pits from fruit in fall in nursery (GP1, GP2).


2017 - Pruned some larger branches June/July, opened up more. Full bloom last wk May (with most all). Blighty wet year, lots aphids, rough leaves but still grew strong. A few fruit, 2 full size, 4 small, Sept.10-16. Good flavor.


2016 - First year of summer pruning (instead of early spring). Looking better. 5/21 full of blossoms. Pruned 6/2, petal fall, brought height down for a more balanced tree. Leaves usual shothole/red. A few fruit -- 11 plums!, dropped/picked ~ 9/9. Few in number but good and appreciated.


2015 - Full of blossoms but 3 very cold nights in spring probably did in crop except for a scattering of fruit. Did get a few plums, later to mature. Tree continues gangley, vigorous growth. Continue pruning to contain it into a semblance of shape.


2002 - 2014

2002 - Did OK but little tall growth. [no notes 2003-2005]

2006 - Blossoms, aphids. Doing OK first of July. Rank grower. 5 plums! good, sweet, juicy yellow flesh, red/yellow skin. Planted pits in garden plot. [?]

2007 - Many blossoms, many aphids, no fruit.

2008 - Biffypost 4/23. Quite a bit of blight (shotgun/red leaves). One plum!

2009 - Many blossoms, no fruit (early June freezes). Badly infested with wooly aphid. Soap sprayed -- not good idea! Damaged leaves. Put on tanglefoot and washed/wiped off as many as could. 6/23 ladybug eggs hatching! Took care of aphids. Later looking better.

2010 - Many blossoms, some fruit. 8/20 dozen ripe on ground, most of rest fell when shook tree. Total of 30 plums! Great, juicy sweet pulp, skins rather tough and sour.

2011 - Pruned to better shape. Full of blossoms. Sept. dropping mostly half ripe fruit (probably due to dry). 9/16 dropping ripe so picked. Total of 21#! Made very good sauce [10# yield 7 1/2 pints].  Direct grafted piece onto nearby Tri-Plum to be 1/3 of that tree (G2), along with LaCrescent and Underwood.

2012 - Lost all blossoms/fruit to 5/30 freeze.

2013 - Full of blossom when hard frost. No fruit. Continues gangly growth.

2014 - Cut back overly long limbs. Lanky grower. Full blossoms. Lots aphids. Blighty leaves but good growth. Plums started dropping early Sept. Better ones 2nd wk Sept. Last ones ~ 9/20. Later plums all good and large. Total ~14#.



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Copyright Susan Robishaw


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