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Old 18th February 2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees YUM! FIRST CROP!

This autumn coming I want to get at least 2 or 3 of the fruit/nut trees that were supposed to go in last autumn in the ground.

One of these is a Luisa plum - has anyone in the Waikato bought one in the last few years, and if so, from where? I don't recall seeing any in the garden centres I visited last season when the new stock came in...
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Old 19th February 2008, 07:16 AM   #2
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

JJ's Garden Center on Te Kowhai Rd had a few in this season but I wasn't very impressed with the quality. I ended up getting Mum to bring me up one from Edible Garden in Palmerston North. Maybe if you leave your details at various places, you might get first dibs on any that come in
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Old 19th February 2008, 08:08 AM   #3
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Thats a shame about JJs their trees are normally very good!

Contact the local tree crops association.
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Old 19th February 2008, 08:14 AM   #4
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

MM we got ours from Edible Garden in PN too. She can arrange delivery. Excellent quality trees - out of the 80 or so trees of different varieties we have planted we have only lost one (a persimon tree) even through the current drought.
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Old 19th February 2008, 08:30 AM   #5
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

Thanks for the contact, I would like to add to our fruit trees, got apples, pears, plums, a lemon & grapefruit trees already, need feijoa, persimmom, peaches etc.

I will check out JJ's first though, best trees to get are the bare rooted ones, we gots heaps from them and planted at the old place, they are doing very well by the looks of them.
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Old 19th February 2008, 10:36 AM   #6
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

PG put me on to Sarah at Edible Gardens and she advises no stock of Luisa for 2008 as the only propagator (has royalty rights) in Cambridge is fully sold out for this season. She's saving me one for 2009.

I might check JJs just in case in June/July - as they all come from the same place/supplier regardless - as it seems so silly for a tree to be shipped from Cambridge, just down the road, to Palmy North and back just for the heck of it!
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Old 19th February 2008, 10:39 AM   #7
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Dont forget the Tree crops assoc
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Old 19th February 2008, 10:53 AM   #8
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

I had a look at their website, MM, but they just seem to list suppliers rather than stock for sale...
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Old 19th February 2008, 10:56 AM   #9
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Think you might be better talking to a member, I know a friend of mine who belongs to it, has a list of tree sources, well she did when I was trying to track down a bramley apple tree.
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

Okay, will talk to you about that next time I see ya!
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Old 19th February 2008, 11:03 AM   #11
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PM'ed ya a contact number
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Old 19th February 2008, 11:09 AM   #12
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

Ta muchly!

Just called JJ's, they have stock coming in end of June, said that last year they weren't able to get any. They'll give me a call when they are there - want me to tip you off too, MM?

Will see what the quality is like - as I say, they are the from the same propagator/supplier wherever you buy them retail...

Just slurping through a nice juicy Luisa plum from the Farmers Market as we speak, the bags don't last long here!
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Old 19th July 2008, 02:28 PM   #13
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

Yay! Got my hands on one solitary Luisa plum tree (sorry MM they wouldn't let me have more than one ). Have to find it a special place in the new orchard as our very first fruit tree there
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Old 19th July 2008, 03:32 PM   #14
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Tigger do you anticipate any possum problems with your orchard?

Up our way the Builder has installed bait stations around the rebuild, perhaps "our" possums have larger appetites?
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Old 19th July 2008, 03:35 PM   #15
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

Our neighbours tell us they haven't had problems with possums in the years they have been there since possum control started in the bush remnant a bit behind us...who knows. Will see what happens .

If we do start having problems, it'll be Timms traps at 20 paces!
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Old 19th July 2008, 05:50 PM   #16
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Did they have anymore Tigger?
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Old 19th July 2008, 05:52 PM   #17
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What are you using as the pollinator? Remember that if you want the pollinator to fruit reliably, you might need a pollinator for it, too?
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Old 19th July 2008, 07:12 PM   #18
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

I checked and Luisas are self-pollinating, LR

TKP, they only got in about 8 or 9 and they have all gone to pre-orders...and even if it was pre-ordered they only allowed one per person . You could check later in the week if someone hasn't picked theirs up, but I think you'd be wasting your time...see earlier posts about the problems this year sourcing them from the propagators...

Now if only I can find a place to buy a Pacific Rose apple...but they are still under 'commercial growers only' status or whatever they call it...
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Old 20th July 2008, 12:48 PM   #19
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Re: Luisa plums - Waikato source of trees

We got our Luisa plum tree last year from Mason's nursery out in Ohaupo, and had fruit this year off it....and yes it is self-fertile. Brilliant people out there at Mason's, really know what they are talking about. I will not go to JJ's as they ripped me off many years ago .

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Old 7th July 2010, 12:56 PM   #20
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I got my luisa plum trees from palmers in Frankton, Hamilton.

Theyre really good with any fruit tree enquiries, they order them in for me.
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Old 7th July 2010, 05:21 PM   #21
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Just planted 5 of them last Saturday. We got them from New Plymouth - Edible Garden Ltd. Nice strong bare root plants delivered by our postie. $22.40 per tree.

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.......Now if only I can find a place to buy a Pacific Rose apple...but they are still under 'commercial growers only' status or whatever they call it...
Do your homework on Pacific Rose before committing to a tree. As part of a uni' assignment on biennial bearing PR was used as an example of the worst of this condition. A comment along the lines of "If the fruit wasn't so highly prized (and priced) for the Asian export market few growers would bother with this variety", comes to mind.
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Do your homework on Pacific Rose before committing to a tree. As part of a uni' assignment on biennial bearing PR was used as an example of the worst of this condition. A comment along the lines of "If the fruit wasn't so highly prized (and priced) for the Asian export market few growers would bother with this variety", comes to mind.
What were the cons of this variety? I sure love the fruit!
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Old 7th July 2010, 08:48 PM   #24
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I am planning on buying a Luisa Plum this Friday, I was going to give the Airport Garden centre a try first as its handy. Does anyone know when do they fruit? We have some wilsons early plums which fruit just before Christmas & was wanting a different variety to have a a different time of year, as one of my boys adores Plums

Late last year we brought some fruit trees from JJs and they are beautiful and healthy, especially the plums we got!
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What were the cons of this variety? I sure love the fruit!
Biggest difficulty is a strong tendancy toward biennial bearing. I also recollect producing blemish free (export quality) fruit can prove challenging.

In a home orchard situation the biennial bearing could be mitigated by manual thinning and appearance is often secondary to eating quality so both issues may be of lesser importance than in a commercial operation.
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