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Wild Goose Plum Seeds and Scions

300 Seeds+Scions, WGPL_S-300+SC $240.00 Out of stock


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  Fresh Eating-Best Quality-Hybrid Vigor in Seedling Progeny-Produces a beautiful array of delicious plums.


I was fortunate to get this original wild goose plum tree from a noted plum expert in Virginia. I grafted it onto several American plum rootstocks and planted it out on a wind swept hill. From there the trees began to fruit after eight years of waiting. The original story about this tree comes from a hunter who found the seed in the crop of a goose and planted it. Since then many seedlings from this tree were distributed under the name ‘wild goose’. My source had the original Wild Goose plum and he suggested I not grow it from seed in his collection as it was just such an heirloom treasure and it should be clonally reproduced for that reason alone. Sure enough as time went on the descriptions of the fruits and tree matched mine perfectly. As far as I know I am the only source of the true wild goose plum and that in itself is not good. For this reason, I am releasing the scion wood again as it needs to be widely distributed and in collections again. The reason for discontinuing it was due to what I call "very bad" diseases like peach leaf curl and possibly other virus found within the sap of the plant impossible to really get rid of when you got it. As a result, I was fortunate to have a scientist who knew these diseases visit my farm and make suggestions on how I can minimize it and eventually eliminate it at least for a period of time. In the meantime, the scions cannot be shipped to California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and New Mexico. These diseases can also affect grapes too. As of 2021, the plants have responded to my care and will be further improved upon as well as I am starting new grafted plantings in 2022 to save this plum from extinction. 

From seeds, this plum produces amazing seedlings which show both hybrid vigor and an array of delicious  plums so the genetics are still shining through the progeny. Worthwhile to grow to make new cultivars from much more forgiving than the American and chickasaw plum as far as taste goes meaning it can be harvested and eaten fresh off the tree without astringency or too much tartness in the skin but not like the insipid bland overly sweet California plums. 

To germinate the seeds:  Plant outside in the fall 1/2 inch deep with seeds spaced 1 inch apart.  Some seeds will germinate the first spring.  Keep in mind with the wild goose plum a portion of the seeds will germinate the second spring. For the refrigerator method, put your seeds in a zip lock bag with lightly moist Canadian peat moss for 60-120 days at 33-38 F.  Never freeze plum seeds.  Seeds will begin germinating in 60-90 days and the seeds will crack open. Take these out and plant in pots that contain well aerated sandy or perlite rich soil mix. Avoid using heavy compost as the roots rot easily. A portion of the seeds will need an additional warm (120 plus days room temperature) and cold stratification (as above) to break dormancy so do not throw your seeds out thinking they are bad.

 

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Prunus munsoniana hybrid
Seed Source Michigan-Ecos
Hardiness -25F
Height (ft) 10-15
Width (ft) 10-15
Pollination Requirements Self fertile but 2-3 plants ideal for production. Will cross with other dunbar and chickasaw plum to some extent as there is overlap in the pollination periods.
Soil Best in sandy loam or loam soil. OK in clay.
Ease of Cultivation Easy to grow from seed but may need 2 years to germinate the seeds fully. Very practical to grow from seed and shows great variation from seed which is an asset as far as producing varieties from. But also a fantastic flavor circus with the whole population. Trees fruit in 4-6 years from seed.

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