Van Der Merwe Prunes

Cultivar; Van Der Merwe 

Clone Number; VD 253 A                                  

Origin; Bud mutation discovered by J. van der Merwe

Royalties/ Levies; not enough data

Yield; good

Fruit use; dried

Type; freestone

Shelf-life; poor

Water requirements; water to a depth of 609mm every 14-21 days 

Sun requirements; 6 to 8 hours per day

Chill hours; 400 to 600

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.

Pollination requirements; self fertile

Successful test-crosses; self

Bloom time; September

Harvest time;January

Vigor;  strong

Size and shape; semi-upright

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; very good drying quality

P.O Box 225,

Montagu, South Africa

6720

Proud producers of quality rootstocks and scions for peach, pear, almond, nectarine, plum, plumcot, quince, pomegranate, fig, apricot and prune trees.

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