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Picking under-ripe Italian prune plums

Posted by gardenmom z4 WA ( on
Mon, Sep 24, 12 at 17:26

My Italian prune plum tree is loaded with fruit. The outside is a nice blue, but the inside is still green and just a bit hard. Unfortunately, we're going away for 3 weeks and I'm sure by mid-Oct the night temps will be in the mid-20's and the fruit will freeze. I was told to just pick the fruit and spread them out in a single layer on a newspaper covered table. Our house stays pretty cool and I won't leave any heat on. Has anyone tried this? I could also spread them out in the garage. Will they ripen or should I just leave them all for the deer?

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RE: Picking under-ripe Italian prune plums

I am not sure about inside but I sure would not put them in the garage. They will freeze in there. Lived in that area and had 10 lbs of potatoes freeze in the garage. If anything in the house they might turn into prunes.

RE: Picking under-ripe Italian prune plums

I've picked plums early and let them ripen in a fairly warm place with good results. But I was home to check on them regularly and cull any that develop rot.

Maybe keeping them in a cooler place would retard the process. Maybe.

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