Nectaplum and Pluot Experiences in N. Florida

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Nectaplum and Pluot Experiences in N. Florida

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Post: # 48048Unread post PlainJane
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:01 am

Five years ago I started a trial of various fruit trees for my backyard orchard. The apples and pears never produced usable fruit so they were the first to go. Despite being so-called low-chill varieties they just never settled into any consistent bloom pattern. I’d see flowers on them in random months all year. I also trialed a low-chill 4-in-1 Pluot and a SpiceZee Nectaplum.

The Nectaplum is a beautiful ornamental tree with red spring foliage, deep pink blooms and nice bark. This year (#5) is the first decent fruit set but sadly - the fruit are very disease ridden and pretty much unusable.
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The Pluot is a keeper. Although not a big crop I have about 15 fruit from the ‘Splash’ graft and every one is pristine.
Since I don’t spray this is a huge win for me.
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This fall I’ll pull the Nectaplum. I think I’ll stay away from the nectarine/peach family and replace it with something else in the plum or Pluot line.
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Post: # 48063Unread post Bower
Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:39 pm

Those pluot fruit are lovely looking. :) Good for you, to have the patience to trial and find something that works!
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Post: # 48084Unread post PlainJane
Fri Jun 04, 2021 6:28 pm

@Bower, my tomatoes and other veggies fulfill my quick gratification cravings. And I was thrilled to start getting a modest harvest from the lemon and lime trees the second year.
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Post: # 48263Unread post peebee
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:28 am

That's too bad about the nectaplum not doing well in your area. My tree exploded with fruit last year, 3rd year, in So. CA. I had removed lots of tiny fruit too, worried that I'd get too many tiny ones. My friend up north also had so many fruits, a large branch just broke off under the weight. She's a newbie & didn't know about the need to support low branches in such situations.
Unfortunately I don't like nectaplums as the nectarine parent is a white variety. I guess I missed that part when buying the tree. I prefer yellow ones, same as for peaches. Nectaplums are way too sweet for me. So I end up giving all away. However, it's such a gorgeous tree as @PlainJane says, so I have no regrets. It's planted in my front yard and gets oohs & ahhs from people walking by :)
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Post: # 48272Unread post PlainJane
Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:36 pm

@peebee, if the birds ate the Nectaplum fruit I’d probably keep the tree as it really is gorgeous. Very unfortunate the fruit is so yucky - the critters won’t even touch it.
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