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What plum variety do we have, and why no yield?

ken c
3 months ago
last modified: 3 months ago

We planted what was supposedly a Santa Rosa plum maybe 6 or 7 years ago, Despite being "self fruitful", it yielded very little, never more than 11 plums, usually 5 or 6. The tree is beautiful, large and strong, couldn't be healthier.

One mistake which was made, was planting it with the graft below ground, we didn't know any different at the time. This has resulted in little sprigs popping up all over the place. I don't know if this is relevant? About 4 years ago, we dug the dirt away and exposed it, although I'm sure that's of no use.

We thought maybe another variety of plum planted close by would help, so we planted a Satsuma plum two years ago about 15 feet away. This year, the Satsuma has dozens and dozens of plums despite us culling maybe 90% of them to prevent the branches getting overloaded. Without this it would've had hundreds.

The "Santa Rosa". Two plums!

Looking at the plums, we don't think it is a Santa Rosa. I've included pics.

Does anyone know which variety of plum it actually is? And why we get no yield at all?

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