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Opal Plum - Anybody growing in Oregon/WA?
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jafar
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December 25, 2022 - 3:30 pm

Sounds like its an early European plum that probably tastes better than Early Laxton.  I'm interested to hear from those who have grown it.  What do you think?

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Rooney
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January 10, 2023 - 3:14 pm

Though I have not tried it I am putting in an order of scions for it because it fits my goals for Alaska trials. Early season plums are a must for short seasons up there. If somebody gives a good enough review that you want some too then let me know.

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jafar
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January 10, 2023 - 5:17 pm

Yes, I plan to graft it.  It's not quite as early as Early Laxton, but sounds like it may taste a little better.  I'm happy with Early Laxton.

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Rooney
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January 10, 2023 - 6:08 pm

Perfect! Then save your early one for me and when i get my early one we can swap. Thanks.

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jafar
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January 14, 2023 - 10:09 am

Are you saying you'd like me to collect some Early Laxton scions this month to save for you?  I'm happy to, just want want to be clear.

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Rooney
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January 14, 2023 - 1:55 pm

I have a person that I know about as well as I know you that likes trying out early ripening plums that are easy as in semi-cling or freestone. I personally like the Japanese plum Oblinaja for those same attributes but my trading buddy needs to find larger fruiting breeding partners of the type of species such as early Laxton and Opal to incorporate into wilder types of prunus domestica that have super-genes that allow for northern exposures in the winters. 

He also seems to be the type like us, but actually more like a soils technician as John is. For example the winning vote from the inventor of hugel-culur gardening went to him. 

I keep on pace with him by getting his fruit tree stuff and work on ideas how to best teach the farming community and ourselves as Alaskans generally by trying to get those northern farming institutions to contact Jesse to copycat this site. Without one there's no other way for anyone to link to us to know what we have done so far in Alaska. What's attractive about Alaska is that the interiors have no winter survival of the common pests that farmers here have to spray for. 

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Rooney
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January 14, 2023 - 2:00 pm

So my answer is yes and I will be happy to exchange yours with mine when my order comes in so that I can have both types of prunus domestica.

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jafar
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January 15, 2023 - 10:44 pm

Okay.  Great.  I'm terrible at keeping track of trades, although I don't think I've dropped the ball yet.  

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John S
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January 18, 2023 - 2:28 pm

Rooney said, "He also seems to be the type like us, but actually more like a soils technician as John is."

That's an intriguing statement, Rooney.  I do spend a lot of effort on getting good soil, but I don't think of myself as a soil technician. I just think of it as one of the important inputs in growing food.  I do acknowledge that you and Jafar have more knowledge of botany, genetics and grafting than I do.  Like most permaculturalists, I try to implement all of the knowledge of nature and human efforts in horticulture to help the plants grow. 

 

John S
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