Satsuma Plums ripen in Mid-January and are ideal for jam, bottling etc. Protection from birds is usually essential.
Where necessary, plans to net plum. peach. apricot and nectarine trees should take place early in December. Summer pruning to allow the application of the net can take place at that time. Where large crops are present, bottling can take place
to have supplies right through the whole year. Freezing can be an alternative. Satsuma plums and Golden Queen peaches are good candidates for bottling.
Peaches, Plums & Apricots
grow well in this area.
Suggested varieties: --
Plums: Satsuma, Mariposa (these two should be planted together as they cross pollinate to produce heavier crops). Santa Rosa is self fertile
but improves if Mariposa is used as a pollinator. Frontier is another good variety.
Apricots: The old Moorpark is still a widey grown favourite, plus Trevatt, Hunter & Earlicot.
Nectarines: Goldmine, Arctic Rose and Anzac are all white fleshed and freestone. Flavortop is an excellent yellow fleshed freestone variety for eating, cooking,
drying or bottling.
Peaches: Anzac is early maturing and freestone. Redhaven and Golden Queen are well proven favourites with the late season Golden Queen excellent for bottling.