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Plum 'Sun Kiss'

Prunus domestica 'Sun Kiss'

Pruim(Afr.)

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Sun Kiss plums are pale yellow color with yellow flesh. Plums are medium sized deciduous trees. For best results always ask a local nursery for advice on choosing the best variety, rootstock combinations and cross pollinator. Sapphire, Harry Pickstone or Laetitia can be used as cross pollinators.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Fruit have the best flavor when left to ripen on the tree. You can tell when plums are ripe by applying gentle pressure with your fingers. If the skin of the fruit feels soft, then it is ready to be picked. Plums should come off the tree easily. Commercial farmers will test for sugar content and will only start to harvest if the plum have reached a high enough sugar level. They do not continue to ripen after harvesting. Sun Kiss plums are harvested at the end of December (mid summer).

Propagation

Seed
Remove the seed from the outer hull. Plant in Spring after Winter or cold stratification of 6-10 weeks at 4-5 degrees Celsius. Seeds do not grow true-to-type and cultivar is usually grafted or budded.
Cuttings
Commercially plums are grafted or budded on a strong root stock, like Marianna.

Special features

Hedge plant
Plum trees can be tree trained or espaliered into interesting shapes including a neat hedge row!

Geography

Origin
South Africa 1999
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, preserved, in cooking or baking. Plum blossom make an interesting green tea.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Snout beetles nibble little holes in the leaves and can do severe damage to fruit, especially if it is still small when damaged. Fruit fly thrive on over ripe fruit - remove all fruit from the tree or orchard.

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