Apricot pollinate Spring Satin?

ltiltonApril 17, 2014

The very few fruits I got from my Spring Satin tree were just delicious. They tasted more like apricots than plums - specifically those things in the store they call "black apricots". Recalling them makes me want more and forget that the tree just Never Set Fruit after one year. But I'm thinking - I've got apricots now that flower. Spring Satin is half-and-half, maybe the problem was trying to get plums to pollinate it, not apricots. And maybe the aprium would work, too, if it decides to bloom again.

Or is this all wishful thinking?

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franktank232(z5 WI)

Starks says any Japanese plum will do. I haven't tried one, but they sound interesting.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 6:14PM
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It flowers like neither parent, totally covered with huge clusters of tiny tiny white flowers. I wonder if that's what makes it so hard to set fruit.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 7:33PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

I have no problems getting my Spring Satin to set. It did take a few years so my guess is you just need to give it a year or two more. My tree didn't produce good fruits until its 5th year. Since then it has way overset every year, it needs heavy thinning for good fruit quality.

To me it is more plum than apricot in taste, and also more plum in growth pattern.


    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 8:24PM
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I have a Spring Satin and meant to graft a plum to it for pollination, but haven't gotten around to that yet, so there were no Asian plums around last year for the two blossoms it produced. We did have beach plums and apricots blooming at the same time, though. Both blossoms set fruit, one dropped early in the summer, but the one that finally ripened was delicious. It was also only slightly larger than a cherry and ripened very late so I'm not sure whether one of my trees cross-pollinated it, or if it's a case of being able to produce tiny fruit on its own.
I don't care for asian plums, so was hoping to find someone who would say an apricot was good enough. Everyone in the US seemed to agree it had to be a plum, but this place in Australia says apricot is fine, IF it blooms at the same time, suggesting that bloom time is what makes a plum preferable. http://www.plantnet.com.au/new-spring-satin-plumcot/

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 12:08AM
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christy - I'd trust that site more if it didn't say SS was "partially self-fertile". I've never heard of an interspecific that was.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 9:36AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

My Spring Satin also produced small fruit the first couple of fruiting years. They were not all that flavorful so I almost pulled the tree out. I am glad I didn't as it now produces very large plums with excellent flavor (as long as I thin enough).


    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:06PM
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Yes, as a general rule any Prunus species will cross pollinate another if their blooms overlap and they receive an insect visit. Identical species may have better success however. In the case of SS it is a hybrid. Interestingly SS will set fruit in Phoenix AZ. One of my pleasant experimental surprises.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 6:27PM
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