One of the questions he asked was, "Why do you want to grow Asian Plums. The frost will whack them every year."
Good question. I get apricots about 4 years out of every 6. Apricots typically bloom before Asian Plums. So I ought to be able to fruit Asian Plums if I can grow Apricots.
|A cluster of fruit
|Hand in picture to provide sense of scale. This tree has never been sprayed. This is VERY clean fruit.
|Pits are almost spherical, like cherry pits.
The seed that produced this tree was collected in the Hunza valley in Pakistan by Dr Maxine Thompson. Much scionwood was also collected from elite selections. An error in temperature control resulted in all the scionwood dying. The seeds were grown out in an effort to salvage the collection trip. Many of the selections were found to be late blossoming (for apricots) in California and to have up to 32% BRIX. That is, they are as sweet as candy.
An added bonus is that the fruit seems to have inherent resistance to the various 'spot' diseases that ravage stone fruits in the Eastern US.
Unfortunately, I lost the original University of California accession numbers. But I can attest that the fruit is very sweet and a pretty easy grower.
That is why I think I can successfully fruit Asian Plums in Michigan.
It was warm today.96 degrees. A good day to stay in. I started reloading the .243 Winchester for Max the wood chipper.
|Trim-to-length, add a Federal primer, 65gr V-Max and about 39 grains of IMR 4895. Safe in Max's gun. Maybe not in yours.
It was also a great day to hit the pool.
We were invited to lunch by Lighthouse Lenny and his beautiful bride.
|The big kids were in the deep end. The other 10 grandkids were in the shallow end.
Just another lazy-as-a-hound dog day.