RED TO PURPLE SKIN / RED TO PINK FLESH
Ripens: -8 About July 17th in Kingsburg, CA
|MATURITY||Ripens -8, about July 17th in Kingsburg.|
|SKIN COLOR||Red to Purple with small freckles toward the apex.|
|FLESH COLOR||Red toward the skin, pink toward the stone, red veins throughout.|
|SIZE||Medium, typically 2 1/2" (64 mm) with heavy crop in the breeding grounds.|
|TEXTURE||Very firm and crisp, quite juicy.|
|FLAVOR||An nice blend of sugar and acid, typically 18-20 brix.|
|SKIN CRACKING||No problems observed for 6 years.|
|CROPPING||Always a good crop, with no failures observed.|
|BLOOMING PERIOD||Medium to late, just after Santa Rosa.|
work both ways
WILL POLLINATE THESE OTHER VARIETIES
work both ways
|BLOSSOM DENSITY||Very heavy bloom.|
|FLOWER TYPE||Large white flower, strong yellow anthers.|
|POLLEN PRODUCTION||Good, attracts bees, and is an outstanding pollinator for the late season.|
Solid Orchard: Spike one limb of a percentage of the trees with a mix of some of the above pollinators - suggested 25% to 50%.
Combination Planting: Plumred VI (7M423) could be planted in conjunction with Plumsweet IX (31P723) and/or September Yummy, perhaps on a 4 rows of each configuration with some extra pollinators inserted in the middle two rows of each.
Other Combination Plantings: Plumred VI (7M423) could be planted in conjunction with several of the above pollinators and/or varieties that it pollinates. Typical plantings on an alternating 4 row spacing will require the addition of extra pollinators, especially for the unconfirmed directions. It would be cheap insurance to spike the center two rows with additional pollinators, perhaps 25%.
|TREE DESCRIPTION||Upright and spreading, good vigor, some juvenile thorns.|
|COLD STORAGE DATA|
Recommended: Excellent fruit qualities in all areas for the last 5 years, good setting ability, nice pollen to attract bees, but we have not seen it commercially here in the US. It is doing very well in Australia.
0-1: No conclusive value
2-3: Can Be Used
4-6: Good Pollinator
7-9: Outstanding Pollinator
10+: Double Barrel
Spiking a pollinator means to graft a central limb of the commercial variety with one of the confirmed pollinators. The recommended method would be to spike each tree once, but alternate more than one confirmed pollinator throughout the commercial orchard. Some growers prefer to interplant the pollinator in the same row between two trees of the preferred variety and grow them in a flagpole or or very upright V-style, often pulling and tying a limb toward the center of each adjoining tree.
Combination plantings are made of 2 or 3 varieties that usually benefit each other for pollination. Alternating 4 rows of each is most common, alternating 2 rows of each gives better pollination, but does not harvest as efficiently. Also, it is usually beneficial to insert pollinators along the center 2 rows of a 4 row planting.