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Can you grow European plums successfully in central Texas?

Posted by cstair TX 7b-8 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 18, 12 at 17:09

Is there a problem growing European plums like d'Agen in central Texas (Brownwood)? Everyone seems to grow the Japanese variety. I've read European plums don't take summer heat as well as Japanese plums, but how much summer heat is too much, and what is the effect on the fruit? Are there other problems besides heat?


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RE: Can you grow European plums successfully in central Texas?

Charles:

Some shade cloth will probably solve the heat issues. My guess is you'll be lucky to get a couple crops before the tree dies. There are lots of better fruits for that area.


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RE: Can you grow European plums successfully in central Texas?

Texas a&m says there are disease issues and they won't work here. But it'd be fun to try


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RE: Can you grow European plums successfully in central Texas?

fruitnut,

Thanks for the help.
Is it disease the European plum would die so quickly from?


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RE: Can you grow European plums successfully in central Texas?

Is it the humidity that promotes disease? Could you grow plums in the Brewster county area without the threat of disease?


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RE: Can you grow European plums successfully in central Texas?

Charles:

Those plums just aren't well adapted to heat and humidity. It stays mostly in the 70s and 80s in Europe. So it's just a crap shoot as to how long they'd last anywhere in TX. It might be 5, 10, or 15 years. But they aren't likely to last a long time like an apple or pear often do.


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RE: Can you grow European plums successfully in central Texas?

I understand now. I really want a fruit tree that has a better chance of living longer. Thanks again for saving me the trouble! So now I'm down to apricots and tart cherries. Do they handle the humidity of central Texas O.K.?


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RE: Can you grow European plums successfully in central Texas?

Apricots usually live a long time in west Texas if watered regularly. Some are dying here now but those are ones without irrigation and ~5 inches rain in 22 months. An apricot here could easily see 30 years. Around Brownwood probably somewhat less but still quit a long time.

Sour cherries would likely be about like European plums. But for both rootstock could be the deciding factor.


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RE: Can you grow European plums successfully in central Texas?

... this is very helpful. Hope we stay out here...looks like fruit has a better chance in far west Texas


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