I know Toka is a plum that’s recommended for the north for its cold-hardiness, but has anyone tried it in the southeast? Is it disease resistant? The descriptions of its artificial-seeming bubblegum-like flavor sound fun.
How many chilling hours does it need? A recent frost makes me wonder if I should plant trees that bloom very late, as long as they manage to bloom at all here.
I’m also interested in other northern plums, like La Crescent. I planted a Toka and a La Crescent when I lived in the frozen north, and got exactly one exquisitely delicious La Crescent plum before moving south, leaving my trees behind.
Any idea about how many chilling hours it needs? When does it bloom compared to more southern plums? I have Ruby Queen plum and Spring Satin plumcot, both bred here in Georgia, and Guthrie and NC McKibbon Chickasaw plums. Would Toka’s bloom time overlap with any of those?
I’d give it a try…put it right out in the open where it can get the full effect of whatever cold you have…avoid anything that might reflect light/heat back at the tree during the day. Im not sure it would make a difference re chilling hours, but try shading the root zone too.