Vegetables and Fruit forum: Santa Rosa plum- love or hate?

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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Jul 8, 2016 11:48 AM CST
My five year old Santa Rosa plum is having a great year, I guess. We've had excellent rainfall. This is the first year of any fruit getting to harvest. More accurately, fruit near ripe started falling a few weeks ago. they were small but some were perfect and then ripen on the counter. They've gotten bigger. I pick up the perfect ones and they are very sweet when ripe.

But ugh, what a mess of the ones with bad spots, then mold. And the suckers off the roots. And am I going to get a lot of seedlings too, with all the dropped fruit?

How do you manage your plums? Does this sound like a disaster?
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Jul 8, 2016 12:33 PM CST
Plums can be difficult. Lots of diseases and insects. http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/plum/plum-tree... With the exception of Green Gage, I have had less problems with the Japanese plums than with European varieties. Santa Rosa is an excellent variety altho I usually have Superior in that niche.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
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sallyg
Jul 8, 2016 3:09 PM CST
Thanks FarmerDill. I know you"re very knowledgeable.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)

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