Cultivar; ARC PR-2 (PR00-29) African Delight
Clone Number; ZD 372
Origin; ARC, May 2008
Royalties/ Levies; ZAR 7.88 Production royalty: R0.47/kg fruit
Yield; excellent, 25kg/tree
Fruit use; fresh
Type; cling stone
Shelf-life; good, lasts about 6 weeks at single and dual temperatures
Water requirements; water to a depth of 609mm every 14-21 days
Sun requirements; 6 to 8 hours per day
Chill hours; 200-400
Pruning; prune in early spring or summer on a dry day to prevent water-borne pathogens from infecting your trees. Prune only when absolutely necessary- such as to remove dead branches, diseased sections and to shape the tree in it's initial years. Apply a pruning paint to help seal the cut.
soil requirements; a well-draining soil type with a pH of 6 to 7 is best. Sandy or clay soils must be avoided at all costs.
Soil depth; at least 600mm is recommended
Fertiliser requirements; be careful not to over fertilise young trees. Plums less than 3 years old should be given minimal fertiliser. Trees older than 3 years can be given fertiliser after bud break. 10-10-10 fertilisers and zinc foliar sprays are best.
Pollination requirements; self-fertile
Successful test-crosses; pioneer is generally most recommended should you wish to cross pollinate
Bloom time; September
Harvest time; February
Size and shape; semi-spreading
Tree age; will start fruiting around year 3 to 5.
Average life span; plums have a short life span in colder regions, but generally live for 15- 25 productive years depending on the rootstock used.
Susceptibility to pests and diseases; normal
General notes; high intensity of flowers means that fruit thinning is recommended, a plum wrapper or plastic bag is required to prevent these plums from shrivelling up.