Quikie plum picking question

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Mr. Dot, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. Mr. Dot

    Mr. Dot Well-Known Member

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    Howdy

    We are expecting a decent freeze tonight - mid 20's - and I have a plum tree with plums that are very nearly ripe but still a bit hard. Is it best to leave them on the tree or should I harvest today prior to the freeze? I also have pears but they are not nearly as close as the plums.

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  2. Island of Blueb

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    Yes, I need to know this too!
     

  3. Mr. Dot

    Mr. Dot Well-Known Member

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    Island of Blueb - I ended up picking mine ahead of the freeze after I read an article saying that plums will ripen and continue to sweeten up after picking (when nearly ripe) - unlike some other stone fruits apparently.
    Good luck with yours.
     
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    Same here! I didn't know but I was hoping. Good luck to you too Mr Dot!
     
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    If they are prune plums they need the frost to sweeten,
     
  6. Mr. Dot

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    If they get a frost it'll be in reefer at this point. Thanks for the info. I'll tuck that away for next year.