A Oats Crop"

A Oats Crop"

Oats Crop

There's an old proverb that says, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." In a culture that is largely inundated with instant gratification, the natural process of growing fruit trees may seem like an eternity. It's not uncommon for people to list time as one of their top reasons for not growing food — time that has less to do with planting and more to do with waiting; however, any gardener will remind you that anything worth doing is worth waiting for. So, on average, how long is it before you should expect to see fruit from your newly planted trees? Take a look.



Once buds have appeared, expect the fruit to appear and ripen anywhere between 140 to 170 days, depending on the weather conditions and the plum variety. May is picking time for some while others need until October to ripen. The best way to determine if the plum is ripe is to feel it. The fruit should be soft to the touch; plums do not ripen after picking. If your tree has been freshly planted, you’ll have to wait several years before you can put plum pudding on your menu. The beauty of planting a plum (Prunus) tree is that whether you live in the far north or the Deep South, a variety of the tree will grow in your hardiness zone. Plum trees grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 3–8. The American hybrid (Prunus americana) plum grows well in northern New England, while the Japanese (Prunus salicina) is more acclimatized to the warmer South and its short chill season. The European (Prunus domestica) grows well in both regions. Pollination is also a consideration, and only the European plum variety is self-pollinating. Look to harvest up to 2 bushels of plums from a well-established tree.

If the weather is too dry, the plums will not develop past a certain stage, but will fall from the tree while still tiny, green buds, and if it is unseasonably wet or if the plums are not harvested as soon as they are ripe, the fruit may develop a fungal condition called brown rot. Brown rot is not toxic, and some affected areas can be cut out of the fruit, but unless the rot is caught immediately, the fruit will no longer be edible. Plum is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera, including November moth, willow beauty and short-cloaked moth. Plum plants are extensively oriented, limited, as well as require minimum care compared to almost all fruits plants. Plum is full of Vitamin A, B, (Thiamine), riboflavin along with nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus as well as iron. The properly merged acidity with sugar is beneficial in the processing of jams as well as squashes. The dry plums are best known prunes. The prunes possess excellent Ayurveda remedial significance. Liquid made from the prunes is beneficial in treating jaundice as well as summer bite. (Source: www.apnikheti.com)



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