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Plum 'Souvenir'

Prunus domestica 'Souvenir'

Pruim(Afr.)

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Souvenir plums are purple 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 combination for your garden. Souvenir is self compatible and thus needs no cross pollination.

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. Plums are harvested from mid to late December.

Propagation

Seed
Remove seed from outer hull and plant in Spring after a cold Winter or cold stratification of 6-10 weeks in a fridge. Seed do not breed true to type and seedlings need to be grafted or budded.
Cuttings
Commercially plums are propagated by grafting or budding the desired cultivar/variety onto a strong root stock.

Special features

Hedge plant
Plums can be tree trained or espaliered into interesting shapes - even a neat hedge row.

Geography

Origin
South Africa 1993
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

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

Uses

Fruit is used fresh, juiced or preserved. Plum blossoms make an interesting green tea popular in the East.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Snout beetles nibble little round holes in the leaves and they can severely damage fruit when they are still small. Fruit fly can become a pest if the fruit is let to rot on or around the tree. Remove all fruit as soon as they ripen!

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