Black Ice Plum Pollinator

Mr.Pickle(4)May 15, 2012

I am interested in this black plum and have ordered two of them. My question is i'm a bit limited for space and already have a superior planted in the area. Can a person rely on superior (do they flower at the same time as black ice?) to pollinate the black-ice. Toka is the recommended pollinator but I'm not real fond of the Toka and it's quality and traits. Because of the limited room i want good quality fresh edibles and not a fair product like the Toka if I can help it. Thanks for your help.

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Mr.Pickle(4)

Hmmm, no avid plum growers? :(

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 2:52AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I know someone on here has one that fruited... my guess is that it flowers around the same time as other hybrid plums.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 8:16AM
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spartan-apple

Black Ice plum was developed by Dr. Brian Smith of University of Wisconsin-River Falls. I have no experience
growing it but perhaps an e-mail direct to him would give the best answer on pollination requirements.

The cultivar name is 'Lydecker' named after Ann Lydecker
of UW-River Falls. I believe she was killed in an auto
accident and the plum was named in memory of her. Black Ice is the trademark name.

I have an orchard buddy commercially growing this variety in N.W. WI. His first crop (2011) had a lot of cracking as the fruit neared the ripe stage. Hopefully just from
heavy rainfall near ripening time.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 11:34AM
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Mr.Pickle(4)

Thank you for the updates folks.

I have a message in with Brian at the university but he has not called me back. Guess i'll just have to wing it. Hopefully i'm not wasting my time.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 12:56PM
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