. The Guthrie plums continue to ripen, and the odums continue to sit in the tree looking like they should ripen, but doing very little. I think I've eaten over 50 Guthries, so I feel informed about them now.
Positives for guthrie this year
Still no diseases
Lots of flavor when really ripe
Fruit not in the sun ripens yellow not red-birds and squirrels haven't figured out the yellow ones are just as ripe. The yellow one on the left was 15 brix, the reddish on the right was 13.
Negatives for guthrie
Lots and lots of fruit cracking. Most of it. We've had a lot of rain, but this is really severe. Most of the fruit that cracks is still good, though. If you wanted to market the fruit, this would be a deciding factor for no.
Brix may be too low for some. Consistently 12 to 15. Perhaps more thinning and less rain would raise that some, but I don't think it's ever going to be super sweet.
Skin is sour.
Probably needs a daily harvest. Fruit goes from unripe to falling off the tree ripe very quickly.
Tree may be too vigorous. I'll be doing another summer pruning after the harvest ends.
Overall, I'm impressed. The strong "fruit" flavor, not just sweetness, is my favorite quality of this tree.