Bottle feeding..

Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)May 16, 2012

A branch I cut from another tree in the hopes to pollinate the Ivanovka plum.

It flowered about 3 or 4 years but only had a handful of plums,..will see if any better.

Some unique flower balls I never seen

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Konrad, my Gracious plum makes balls of flowers like that .. then they all fall off. This year I finally got a couple plums. Clever idea on the bottle feeding!

Scott

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 8:17AM
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mrsg47(7)

Very clever indeed! Mrs. G

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 10:15AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
Been watching today and within about 10 min. all the different bees, from bumbles small mason type bees, wasp and butterflies,... there should be pollen transfer!
The only thing I don't know is, if this branch is a suitable pollen.
I guess time will tell,....if a frost doesn't hit it?

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 11:31PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Update,...it looks like it was a perfect combination as you see,
the flower ball picture from above has developed into..

From June 11

From July 2

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 10:51PM
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mrsg47(7)

Konrad, only you in the farthest reaches and the coldest winters could have fruit like this! I am in a what I thought was a 'dream' of a zone and I cannot produce fruit like yours. Holy Cow. That is one beautiful cluster! Mrs. G

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 12:12PM
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glenn_10 zone 4b/5a NewBrunswick,Can.

Hmmmmmmmm,I don't see any plum curculio scars.......... looks like you will have to thin those plums by hand! hahahahahahaha. It's a little bonus to live where you do Konrad. Most of us live in warmer areas and along with the warmth we have more pests and disease.Keep posting pics as the fruit progress!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 6:10PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
It turns out that this year was the year of plentiful, the mild winter was easy on the trees.

Plums are getting ready now, picture from yesterday.
It looks like a semi freestone, a bit on the dry side but the skin is not as bitter then on most other Japanese plums I have.
I like it better then a soggy plum,.. better for pies!
It took a long time from green to this,..over two month!

This shot would be as above when I showed the flower ball.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 2:33AM
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ltilton

Yes, they do look freestone.

The pits are my main problem with Euro plums.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 8:25AM
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glenn_10 zone 4b/5a NewBrunswick,Can.

Konrad, that tree is loaded! That same tree in my yard woukld have fallen victim to plum curculio in the early stages,then as the fruit changed color the birds would start pecking them,and as they began to become aromatic as they reached peak ripeness the raccoons would be climbing and braking branches and "testing" each fruit for best flavor.....A very long story short is that Glenn and his family are left with about 40 plums!You are so lucky Konrad, I am soooo jealous!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 7:17PM
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