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Plum 'African Delight'

Prunus domestica 'African Delight'

Plum(Eng.), Pruim(Afr.)

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Plums are medium sized deciduous trees. For best results always ask a local nursery for advice on choosing the best variety and rootstock for your garden. African Delight needs cross pollination, use one of the following cultivars: African Rose, Reubennel, Pioneer. African Delight plums are red with pale yellow flesh and superior eating quality.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Trees are in full blossom by early September. The fruit can be harvested late in November.

Propagation

Seed
Seedlings will be wild and need to be grafted with preferred cultivar.
Cuttings
Graft the cultivar onto the desired rootstock.

Special features

Hedge plant
Plum trees need to be pruned thus they can be espaliered into a variety of shapes or even hedges.

Geography

Origin
South Africa 2008
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
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 an excellent tea.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Slugs and snails love new growth. Weevils or snout beetles will nibble little holes in the leaves and can also damage fruit - specially when the fruit is still young. The most common damaging pests are: red scale, thrips, codling moth, banded fruit weevil, American boll worm and fruitflies. Wind can cause wind scars (prune all cross growing branches) and diseases like rots can spoil fruit.

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