Northern Gardening forum: Plums in the north?

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 4, 2014 4:41 AM CST
Is anyone growing plum trees in a northern situation?
Which variety, and what is the pollinator variety?
Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Aug 4, 2014 2:14 PM CST
I think my neighbor has some fruit trees and I am almost sure he had plums in addition to apples. I will ask when I see him.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Aug 5, 2014 8:10 AM CST
I acquired two trees.
Each is grafted with four varieties including Toka which is supposed to be a pollenizer variety.
I am going to plant a Western Sand Cherry also, as it is supposed to be a pollenizer for plums.

Also acquired an Evans Cherry tree which is self fertile.

I now have to rethink the planting of the back 25 feet of the yard!

But it is one step towards my food forest.
Name: Dora
Calgary (Zone 3a)
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dorab
Aug 14, 2014 9:43 PM CST
You'll have to take up canning, Caroline.

Did you look at the University of Saskatchewan site at all?
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Name: Lori
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growitall
Aug 14, 2014 10:14 PM CST
You 'll like the Evans cherry! A very ornamental small tree that bears at a young age and heavily most years. The cherries are big enough to pit by hand and are excellent for pie and jam (or jelly, if you don't want to pit them).
Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 15, 2014 10:32 PM CST
We have a very prolific plum tree in our front yard; it was here when we bought the place. I think it's some sort of Italian plum. Makes wonderful plum jam! But it's kind of a pain because half the fruit falls on the ground before it's ripe and attracts LOTS of yellow jackets and wasps, which does NOT please me.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 16, 2014 4:53 AM CST
Thanks for the info and encouragement.
I have wanted an Evans cherry tree for a long time.
I am glad to hear they are as good as I had read they are.

Yes, if the plum trees work out then I will go back to jam making.
Time will tell how good these trees are as I have read that grafted trees
sometimes do not manage to live through our winters?

My inspiration for these was at my son's place on Vancouver Island.
My grandchildren were picking delicious plums from two trees there.

The U of Saskatchewan article is excellent!
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 16, 2014 9:30 AM CST
We have a cherry tree as well, but the darn birds get all the cherries!
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Aug 16, 2014 4:07 PM CST
Woffie, have you made plum dumplings? Here is the link for a recipe similar to one that I used to make when we had a plum tree. Drooling
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/potato-plum-dumplings/
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Aug 16, 2014 4:24 PM CST
A neat recipe! Margaret!
If I get plums I will try that too.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Aug 16, 2014 4:29 PM CST
Caroline, I am sure you will like them. We used to eat them for lunch, the kids loved them, haven't made them in years.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 16, 2014 5:44 PM CST
That looks like a LOT of work! Think I'll stick to plum jam on biscuits! Besides, I don't think DH would let me get away with whisking those cooked potatoes away from him! Hilarious!
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Aug 16, 2014 6:15 PM CST
Woofie, it really wasn't that much work because I would do the potatoes the day before, just cook extra on that day, making sure of course that your DH got his fill. Hilarious! Plum pie is good too, love that. Sticking tongue out

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