Clone Number; ZT 6566
Royalties/ Levies; R 18.00
Fruit use; dried
Type; relatively loose-stone
Shelf-life; not enough data
Water requirements; water to a depth of 609mm every 14-21 days
Sun requirements; 6 to 8 hours per day
Chill hours; not enough data
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. Trees 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.
Successful test-crosses; self
Bloom time; not enough data
Harvest time; early
Size and shape; not enough data
Tree age; will start fruiting around year 3 to 5.
Average life span; prunes 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;can be harvested mechanically, although some fruit damage may occur. Pits are longer than average, so pitting machines may have to be adjusted. Not recommended for peach or Citation rootstock as the scion and stock do not bond properly. We recommend that you use Marianna rootstock for this prune.