By: Amy Grant
If you like gage plums, you’ll love growing Ariel plum trees, which produce pinkish gage-like plums. Although they have a fairly short storage life, it’s definitely worth the effort for these incredibly sweet, dessert-like fruit. The following Ariel plum tree info discusses how to grow and care for Ariel plums.
Ariel plum trees were developed in Alnarp, Sweden from Autumn Compote and Count Althan’s Gage and were introduced into the market in 1960.
A vigorous upright tree that reliably crops year after year, Ariel plum trees have an upright, yet open, growth habit. The trees produce medium to large, oblong fruit with a dusky pink exterior and a bright golden pulp with a semi-clinging stone.
The plums are high in sugar (over 23%), yet with a hint of tang, making them ideal for use as either a dessert or culinary plum.
Ariel plums are partially self-fruitful but would benefit from the close proximity of another pollinator.
When growing Ariel plums, be sure to select a site that is in full sun, at least 6 hours per day, with well-draining, sandy soil and a pH of 5.5-6.5.
This plum tree is susceptible to cracking and splitting, especially in wetter climates. It is also vulnerable to bacterial canker so should not be planted in regions of high humidity.
Ariel plum trees ripen in the last week of September to the first week of October.
As mentioned, Ariel plums have a short shelf life of 1-3 days, but for the avid plum connoisseur, they are well worth adding to the landscape for their delicious, sweet and juicy flavor.
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About 20 varieties dominate the commercial supply of plums, and most originated in either Asia or Europe. In spite of our stronger cultural connections with Europe when it comes to food, it is actually the Japanese plum that most people would identify as the typical American plum.
Originally from China, these plums were introduced into Japan some 300 years ago, and were eventually brought from there to the United States. Most varieties have yellow or reddish flesh that is quite juicy and skin colors that range from crimson to black-red (but never purple). They are also clingstone fruits—that is, their flesh clings to the pit.
In contrast, European-type plums are smaller, denser and less juicy. They are often blue or purple, and their pits are usually freestone, meaning they separate easily from the flesh. The flesh is golden-yellow.
The domestic plum season extends from May through October, with Japanese types coming on the market first and peaking in August, followed by European varieties in the fall. Here are some varieties of plums you’re likely to find in markets:
Elberta peach trees have a lot going with them that it’s tough to recognize where to begin. This hugely prominent peach selection was created in Georgia in 1875 by Samuel H. Rumph, that called it after his better half, Clara Elberta Moore.
Those taken part in Elberta peach expanding take into consideration the tree to be amongst the most effective fruit manufacturers. With simply one tree, you can stand up to 150 extra pounds of peaches in a period. As well as Elberta peaches are additionally very decorative in the yard. When their springtime blossoms open, their branches are loaded with lovely pink and also purple blossoms. The peach fruit quickly complies with and also prepare to gather in summer season.
Once you have chosen the right location and planted your flowering tree, remember to keep it well watered during the first growing season while it spreads its roots out into the soil. The surrounding soil may be damp, but as long as the roots are still only in the root ball they can become dry. So those early waterings should be close to the trunk of your new tree.
As the tree matures, move the watering area away from the trunk and further out where the ends of the branches are. Some flowering trees always like moisture while others will be able to take some drought conditions once they are mature.
To get the best from your flowering trees regular fertilizing is a good idea. Liquid fertilizers for trees are best when your tree is young and will help it put on plenty of growth in its early years. Older trees are best fertilized with a granular-type fertilizer sprinkled in the root-zone area in early spring.
Summer flowering trees can benefit from a second feeding in early summer. The root-zone is the area often called the drip-line. It is where the edges of the branches are and you should scatter the fertilizer in a broad band in that area. The feeding roots are there and by putting it in that location they will be able to get the maximum benefit from the food.
If you are planting your flowering tree in your lawn, remember that young trees grow fastest and do best if they don’t have to compete with grass, so keep the area over the roots free from grass until your tree has grown to a good size. The easiest way to do this is to put down a big circle of mulch around your tree. This will also conserve moisture and provide some nutrients as well. Make the circle a little bigger than where the ends of the branches reach to. This will also protect the bark of your tree from being damaged by string-trimmers, which can easily damage the thin bark of a young tree. Once your tree is big enough for you to let the grass grow right up to it, the bark will be thick enough to not get damaged.
Flowering Trees have so much to offer that it’s impossible to choose just one and no garden can have too many!