I just purchased five P. Americana bareroot plants. Was looking to graft some Redhaven scions onto American plum rootstock. However, I am also considering other peaches, plums, and pluots. Note: I own a Santa Rosa plum and Redhaven peach trees.
The best ones are no longer or very close to expiring like Flavor King, and F. Supreme.
On those lists Mericrest nectrine, and the plums Toka, Beauty, and green gage are good ones from what others have said. They are on my want list too. Although I have all the scion I need this year. If the Indian Free fails, just ask me next year for scion. I can’t harvest now, they are starting to grow.
Yes, but it is very late ripening. I’m in 6a too and it Ripens the first week of October. As long as you don’t have frost by then. We do not here. Not exactly warm, but the fruit is excellent all the same. You also need a good regular peach, Redhaven is perfect. Fruit from my Indian Free last October.
Yes, sounds fine to me. Both plums are partially self fertile, if low yield, add Satsuma, or Shiro, a kinda boring plum, but grows probably better than any other plum in our area. And is a universal pollinator. Satsuma is a good one. You can get scion off of me next year. If grafting to rootstock, once tree grows out a few years, you can add pollinators directly to Santa Rosa or Beauty… My tree will still be here.
I have a weeping Santa Rosa, not super hardy here, but mine looks good, first winter, and a long story, it was only 12 inche high. The scion died back when planted to just above the graft. I’m reforming central leader. Far from done by the end of the year last year. Still growing the main trunk out. It’s green and alive.
All gardening is local, so if one doesn’t go as planned, just try something else.
Superior and Toka go together both American-Japanese crosses, as do Beauty and Santa Rosa both Japanese plums. Superior and Toka probably would have worked better, but what you choose should work too. I think what I listed was the best choices to try. Tony in zone 5 grows Beauty and has no problems. Many grow Santa Rosa. I want scion of Beauty someday!
Green Gage is a euro plum, self fertile, and suggested for our area. I have to get a tree one day of many of the gages, and see what works for me.Many types out there.
ANY peach will pollinate Indian Free. Redhaven is self fertile 100%. You can just grow that.