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Plum 'Sapphire'

Prunus domestica 'Sapphire'

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Sapphire plums are red to purple with pale yellow flesh before cold storage. Plums are medium sized deciduous trees. For best results always ask a local nursery for advice on choosing the best variety, rootstock combination and cross pollinator. In general the following varieties can be used as cross pollinators: Pioneer, Harry Pickstone, African Rose, African Delight, Mark, Sun Kiss and Red Diamond.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Trees are in full bloom by early Spring (September). Plums are picked during the first weeks of Summer (December).

Propagation

Seed
Seed need cold stratification - store in fridge for 6-10 weeks or over winter and plant in Spring. Seeds do not produce fruit that is true to type.
Cuttings
Commercially plum cultivars are grafted or budded on a strong growing root stock, like Marianna.

Special features

Hedge plant
Plums can be tree trained or espaliered into different shapes, including a neat hedge row.

Geography

Origin
Infruitec, South Africa 1992
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Fruit is used fresh, juiced and preserved. Plums can also be used in cooking and baking. Plum blossom make unusual green tea.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

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