Can you grow European plums successfully in central Texas?

cstairJune 18, 2012

Is there a problem growing European plums like d'Agen in central Texas (Brownwood)? Everyone seems to grow the Japanese variety. I've read European plums don't take summer heat as well as Japanese plums, but how much summer heat is too much, and what is the effect on the fruit? Are there other problems besides heat?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Charles:

Some shade cloth will probably solve the heat issues. My guess is you'll be lucky to get a couple crops before the tree dies. There are lots of better fruits for that area.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 11:56PM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

Texas a&m says there are disease issues and they won't work here. But it'd be fun to try

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 6:29AM
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cstair

fruitnut,

Thanks for the help.
Is it disease the European plum would die so quickly from?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 5:58PM
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cstair

Is it the humidity that promotes disease? Could you grow plums in the Brewster county area without the threat of disease?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 6:02PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Charles:

Those plums just aren't well adapted to heat and humidity. It stays mostly in the 70s and 80s in Europe. So it's just a crap shoot as to how long they'd last anywhere in TX. It might be 5, 10, or 15 years. But they aren't likely to last a long time like an apple or pear often do.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 6:19PM
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cstair

I understand now. I really want a fruit tree that has a better chance of living longer. Thanks again for saving me the trouble! So now I'm down to apricots and tart cherries. Do they handle the humidity of central Texas O.K.?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 7:47PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Apricots usually live a long time in west Texas if watered regularly. Some are dying here now but those are ones without irrigation and ~5 inches rain in 22 months. An apricot here could easily see 30 years. Around Brownwood probably somewhat less but still quit a long time.

Sour cherries would likely be about like European plums. But for both rootstock could be the deciding factor.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 8:22PM
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cstair

... this is very helpful. Hope we stay out here...looks like fruit has a better chance in far west Texas

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 11:42PM
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