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Best way to grow plumbs?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by jp3975, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. jp3975

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    Via google, there seems to be two ways.

    1. Put the seed in a moist napkin then in a ziplock, then n the fridge.

    2. Crack the outside of the seed open with a nutcracker, put that in a napkin...or soil then the ziplock then in the fridge.

    Whats the best way to do this?
     
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    you mean plums
     

  3. jp3975

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    Yes. lol
     
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    never spliced a seed , we have 3 plum trees i planted . but for seeds maybe someone knows
     
  5. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    Do you want your plums plumb? In that case use a trellis. :supergrin:

    But seriously, if you want a tree for fruit go to the nursery and buy a tree. Growing a fruit tree from seed is a total crap shoot as to whether it will bear good fruit or even fruit at all. It totally sucks to spend 5 years on a tree only to find out the fruit didn't breed true.
     
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    Well...Ive got a lot of seeds so hopefully one will work.

    These particular plums where delicious and Id like to try to grow them.
     
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    Call a professional plumber.

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    This is a question you should ask Bob.


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    Buy a seedling.
     
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    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    Well, go for it, but the issue is that fruit most likely won't breed true. When we had our orchard we used Red Delicious as the pollinators for our Grannys. The seed from either would be a hybrid. We currently have multiple avocado trees but the pits are never the same variety as the parent. Everyone locally that has grown from seed says the fruit is pretty poor. If you want good fruit you start with a hardy dwarf root stock then top it and graft it over to something you know produces good fruit.

    And really, a tree that you know will produce is less than $20. Is it really worth your time?
     
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    Bushflyr has it right. I worked in the nursery business for 15 years. If you grow the seeds you don't know what you are going to get. I buy my fruit trees as bear-root stock.
     
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    Hmm. The fruit was so good that I was hoping the seed would grow something as good as the original was.

    Guess I'll forget about it until I decide to buy some trees from a nursery. The only thing that sucks is that I cant imagine them being this good.

    Thanks for the advice.
     
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    If you know what variety they are you can order the bare-root trees online. You can always try the seeds, and see what you end up with in a few years.

    I've grown peaches from seed by cracking open the hulls after they are dried, and keeping the seeds slightly moist in the fridge for 90 days right before spring planting. I knew what I was getting with the peaches, but with unknown varietys you don't know what you are going to get.

    If it's a hybrid you may not even get germination of the seeds, get a tree that doesn't bear fruit, or get a tree that bears poor tasting fruit. It's a crapshoot with unknown seeds.
     
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    Where were your plumbs delicious?

    Grow your plumb seeds straight up and down, wherever they where delicious.
     
  16. cgwahl

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    Just make friends with someone who has a plum tree. Then wait for him to quietly leave bags of plums at your doorstep like a thief in the night just to not have to throw them in the garbage.
     
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    If I am not mistaken, most(if not all) commercial fruit tree farms graft their trees.
    As said above, tree genetics can be a crap shoot.

    There is a large peach farm near me. All his trees are grafted to grow specific sub-species of peach. He grows probably 25-30 or more species on many thousands of acres. Each species has its own characteristics ranging from clingstone to freestone pits, time of bloom/harvest(harvest time is from May to the end of Aug), color, texture, and probably a few other factors. Size and flavor have a lot to do with local growing conditions from one season to the next.


    So, there are many factors as to why your plum could be really good AND very hard to duplicate.

    Hope this helped and confused you!!:rofl:

    Rod
     
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  18. paynter2

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    I once read a story by a Wisconsin apple grower. He uses apple seeds - from his own trees to create 'antique' apples. That is, if you have a hybrid tree, as almost all apple trees are, the seed from an apple of that tree will grow a pure tree - not a hybrid. He called these trees 'antique'. He said the different flavors were amazing.

    Anyway, long way to my point... If your seeds are from a hybrid tree you may end up with some weird plums that aren't even edible.

    Follow the advice above - go to your local nursery and get some trees. Your results will be much better. Plant your seeds if you're curios - it might be fun. good luck! :wavey:
     
  19. SC Tiger

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    Either that or he's growing hammers. :tongueout: