Partially funded by Hortgro Stone. Late flowering, dark red, pointed plum with very good fruit set and strong vigour. Excellent eating quality with high sugars.
Released: May 2009
Fruit kind: Plum
Selection No.: PR00-33
Origin: ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij
Exclusive licensee: Culdevco (Pty) Ltd
Chilling requirement: Medium (400-600 Infruitec Chilling Units)
Growth habit: Spreading
Flowering (10% blossoms open): 2nd week September**
Full bloom (80% blossoms open): 3rd week September**
Flower shape: Rosaceous
Bearing habit: On both spurs and shoots
Disease susceptibility (normal sprays): Normal
Rootstocks evaluated: Maridon
Pollinator: Songold, Southern Belle, or both
Fruit set: Very good
Blossom or fruit: Fruit thinning recommended
Intensity of flowers: High
Harvest date (first pick): Week 5/6 (1st week February)
Control cultivar: After Songold
Production (kg/tree): Very good (25kg/tree at 4 x 1.5 metre)
Fruit size distribution: Count AA/AAA (100-110g/fruit)
Skin colour: Dark red
Flesh colour: Yellow
TSS at harvest: 16˚brix**
Storage ability: Good. Independently evaluated.
ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij: Prof. B Ndimba | Tel: 021 809 3002
Culdevco: Mishkaat Anderson | Tel: 021 888 8473
*= Plant Breeders Rights: ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij
**= Data obtained at Bien Donne, Simondium, Western Cape and is not necessarily representative of other areas.
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