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Plum 'Harry Pickstone'

Prunus domestica 'Harry Pickstone'

Plum(Eng)

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Plums are medium sized deciduous trees.This plum is named after one of the pioneers of the fresh fruit industry in South Africa. Harry Pickstone is harvested in early January and the skin colour is green with a touch of red when picked, but turns dark red after cold storage. The flesh is yellow and it has a cling stone. Laetitia plums can be used as cross pollinators for Harry Pickstone.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Trees are in full bloom by early September. Plums are picked during the first week of January (mid Summer).

Propagation

Cuttings
Commercially plums are budded or grafted onto rootstocks.

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 1973
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 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.

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