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Prunus maritima

Posted by Donn_ Z 7, seaside,NY (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 5, 04 at 6:17

Got Beach Plum seeds in a trade, and I want to WS them this year. treeshrubseeds. com says the seeds need:

"30-60 days warm stratification followed by 90-120 cold"

I'm thinking I'll sow them and keep them indoors for November and December, and put them outside at Solstice.

Sound logical? Anyone ever grow them?


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RE: Prunus maritima

Donn,
Yes, I know a bit about Beach plums. You can just sow them outside in a mouse proof cold frame in sand right now and they should sprout in the spring. Whichever method you use, get them in soil right away.
Due out shortly will be some very interesting published BP info to be followed by a book about the history and horticulturists who have spent their lives trying to find a BP in the wild that has fruited every year without fail. I believe the first of these articles will be in the Cape Cod Times.
In the meantime, if anyone out there has gone to the same Beach plum bush year after year for many years and picked fruit, please contact me. Somewhere out there on the eastern shore, probably covered with poison ivy and growing wild, is the BP shrub that has alluded the experts. Luther Burbank was one of the first to become interested in Prunus maritima.


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