Hi, I have an Elephant Heart plum which I am having great trouble matching to a good pollinator. We have Santa Rosa, Sultan and Omega but still the Elephant Heart flowers later than they do. I live near Pukekohe just south of Auckland. Has anyone any ideas of varieties that might pollinate Elephant Heart in my area? It's such a lovely plum and I would live to get something from our now substantial tree. Or should I give up and replace it with something similar and more reliable.?
I look forward to reading your thoughts about this. Cheers,
I have the same plum and also the others you mention. They poliate each other fine. But I do find it is one year good, one year bad, so I am hoping it will be this year good, and as long as I get to them before the birds a good crop.
I too am near Pukekohe and I do not have any of the pollinators mentioned because they seem to flower too early here for the Elephant Heart. I use a Black Doris that flowers at the same time.
Oh thank you - I think flowering time varies just enough by regions to be annoying. I am very glad to hear about Black Doris being successful nearby. I do like a Black Doris jam. Yum!
Thanks so much!
I've got a Green Gage which does not get a good pollination. It was bought with a Coe's Golden Drop, which was supposed to be a pollinator. Two years ago I grafted a scion from the GG onto the CGD with the idea maybe the flowering would be more synchronised. I can't guarantee it, but it did seem to flower in sync with the CGD, but there's the question that as it becomes larger and more prominent whether the GG genes become more prominent and the CGD genes that pass the graft less so. So, no answers here. The graft got damaged, and is barely hanging on, so there won't be any further observations.
I've got a Green Gage and Coe's Golden Drop, they do not flower at same time in the S.I..I wonder if the nurseries rely too much on northern hemisphere information with regard to pollinators?
Seems to be an ongoing problem. the first time i bought plum trees, i studied the polination info, and duly ordered 2 of each of 3 different plum trees (can't remember the names now, it's somewhere on a list). They flower each year, more or less at the same time, but i have yet to get a SINGLE plum off them. I have introduced more, different plums since, random varieties, cutting- seed and sucker grown, and those all fruit, but still no luck with those 3 varieties. They are marked for 'extinction'. one more year's grace, and then they are history.
I'm curious what the most reliably fruiting plum people have, from the year it was planted onwards. For me it'd have to be Hawera. I get a few Green Gage as the years go on, but have had to put traps down for the possums, as they love it and strip both the leaves branches and fruit. The Coe's golden drop does flower somewhat at the same time, but a bit earlier I think.
Mudlerk wrote: Same here, Blueberry, for the first ten years. This spring, though, they seemed finally to be getting the picture...so the birds were very happy! Sigh...