Ariel Plum Trees – Tips For Growing Ariel Plums At Home

By: Amy Grant

If you like gage plums, you’ll love growing Ariel plum trees, which produce pinkish gage-like plums. Although they have a fairly short storage life, it’s definitely worth the effort for these incredibly sweet, dessert-like fruit. The following Ariel plum tree info discusses how to grow and care for Ariel plums.

Ariel Plum Tree Info

Ariel plum trees were developed in Alnarp, Sweden from Autumn Compote and Count Althan’s Gage and were introduced into the market in 1960.

A vigorous upright tree that reliably crops year after year, Ariel plum trees have an upright, yet open, growth habit. The trees produce medium to large, oblong fruit with a dusky pink exterior and a bright golden pulp with a semi-clinging stone.

The plums are high in sugar (over 23%), yet with a hint of tang, making them ideal for use as either a dessert or culinary plum.

How to Grow Ariel Plums

Ariel plums are partially self-fruitful but would benefit from the close proximity of another pollinator.

When growing Ariel plums, be sure to select a site that is in full sun, at least 6 hours per day, with well-draining, sandy soil and a pH of 5.5-6.5.

This plum tree is susceptible to cracking and splitting, especially in wetter climates. It is also vulnerable to bacterial canker so should not be planted in regions of high humidity.

Ariel plum trees ripen in the last week of September to the first week of October.

As mentioned, Ariel plums have a short shelf life of 1-3 days, but for the avid plum connoisseur, they are well worth adding to the landscape for their delicious, sweet and juicy flavor.

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Types of Plums

About 20 varieties dominate the commercial supply of plums, and most originated in either Asia or Europe. In spite of our stronger cultural connections with Europe when it comes to food, it is actually the Japanese plum that most people would identify as the typical American plum.

Originally from China, these plums were introduced into Japan some 300 years ago, and were eventually brought from there to the United States. Most varieties have yellow or reddish flesh that is quite juicy and skin colors that range from crimson to black-red (but never purple). They are also clingstone fruits—that is, their flesh clings to the pit.

In contrast, European-type plums are smaller, denser and less juicy. They are often blue or purple, and their pits are usually freestone, meaning they separate easily from the flesh. The flesh is golden-yellow.

The domestic plum season extends from May through October, with Japanese types coming on the market first and peaking in August, followed by European varieties in the fall. Here are some varieties of plums you’re likely to find in markets:

  • California French plums(d’Agen): These small, meaty European-style plums are descendants of the Frenchpruneaux d’Agen, which are used in France to make prunes. Most of the California French plum crop is destined to be sold as dried plums, but you can occasionally find them fresh.
  • Casselman: These smooth, red-skinned plums can be either fairly firm or slightly soft and are very sweet.
  • Damson: This small, tart, blue-purple European-type plum is used mainly for jams and preserves.
  • El Dorado: This dark, almost black-skinned plum has amber flesh and a sweet flavor even when firm.
  • Elephant Heart: Distinguished by their dark, mottled skin, blood-red flesh, and heart shape, these plums are extremely sweet and juicy.
  • Empress: These large, dark-blue plums have sweet greenish flesh and taste like prune plums.
  • Freedom: This plum is sweet and juicy and has mottled light red skin.
  • Friar: These are large, round, black-skinned plums with very sweet, amber flesh.
  • Greengage: Distinguished by its deep-green skin, white dusty coating, and succulent yellow flesh, this European clingstone is very popular.
  • Kelsey: This large heart-shaped, green-skinned freestone plum is firm and very sweet. The ripe Kelsey often has a red blush to the skin at the tip.
  • Laroda: Similar to a Santa Rosa, these mature a little later, are slightly larger, and are very juicy and sweet.
  • Mirabelle: This small, round, yellow plum is sweet and full-flavored.
  • Nubiana: This large, slightly flat, purple-black, amber-fleshed plum is similar to the El Dorado.
  • Plumcot: This is a cross between an apricot and a plum, though it more closely resembles a plum. Some varietal names of plumcots arePlum ParfaitandFlavorella.
  • Pluot: This is another hybrid, a cross between a plumcot and a plum, so though there is apricot somewhere in the mix, this fruit looks distinctly like a plum. It is also sold asDinosaur Eggs. It has purplish skin and sweet flesh that ranges in color from amber to red. This hybrid has a long-lasting flavor.
  • Prune plums (Italian prune plums): This deep purple plum is covered in a light dusty film that protects it from the weather. Under the purple skin, the flesh is greenish-amber and very sweet. These are tangy when firm, and sweet when mature.
  • Santa Rosa: This very popular plum has reddish-purple skin and red-tinged amber flesh. Its taste is tangy-sweet.

About Elberta Peach Trees

Elberta peach trees have a lot going with them that it’s tough to recognize where to begin. This hugely prominent peach selection was created in Georgia in 1875 by Samuel H. Rumph, that called it after his better half, Clara Elberta Moore.

Those taken part in Elberta peach expanding take into consideration the tree to be amongst the most effective fruit manufacturers. With simply one tree, you can stand up to 150 extra pounds of peaches in a period. As well as Elberta peaches are additionally very decorative in the yard. When their springtime blossoms open, their branches are loaded with lovely pink and also purple blossoms. The peach fruit quickly complies with and also prepare to gather in summer season.

How To Care For Flowering Trees

Once you have chosen the right location and planted your flowering tree, remember to keep it well watered during the first growing season while it spreads its roots out into the soil. The surrounding soil may be damp, but as long as the roots are still only in the root ball they can become dry. So those early waterings should be close to the trunk of your new tree.

As the tree matures, move the watering area away from the trunk and further out where the ends of the branches are. Some flowering trees always like moisture while others will be able to take some drought conditions once they are mature.

To get the best from your flowering trees regular fertilizing is a good idea. Liquid fertilizers for trees are best when your tree is young and will help it put on plenty of growth in its early years. Older trees are best fertilized with a granular-type fertilizer sprinkled in the root-zone area in early spring.

Summer flowering trees can benefit from a second feeding in early summer. The root-zone is the area often called the drip-line. It is where the edges of the branches are and you should scatter the fertilizer in a broad band in that area. The feeding roots are there and by putting it in that location they will be able to get the maximum benefit from the food.

If you are planting your flowering tree in your lawn, remember that young trees grow fastest and do best if they don’t have to compete with grass, so keep the area over the roots free from grass until your tree has grown to a good size. The easiest way to do this is to put down a big circle of mulch around your tree. This will also conserve moisture and provide some nutrients as well. Make the circle a little bigger than where the ends of the branches reach to. This will also protect the bark of your tree from being damaged by string-trimmers, which can easily damage the thin bark of a young tree. Once your tree is big enough for you to let the grass grow right up to it, the bark will be thick enough to not get damaged.

Flowering Trees have so much to offer that it’s impossible to choose just one and no garden can have too many!

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