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Old August 28th, 2005, 03:56 PM
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Santa Rose plum pollinator / growing cherries

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This is my question: what is a good pollinator for Santa Rosa plum. I have a Yakima Plum (Japanese Plum ) and another yellow Japanese Plum in the backyard, probably Shiro, but I am not sure. Are these two good plinator for Santa Rosa? I got one plum in the first season, but none this season. All fruits dropped after awhile. This season was quite cold and wet in Lower Mainland during flowering. I don't believe it was because of dryness. Maybe the Shiro and Yakima are good pollinators for the Santa Rosa.
Question # 2. Alot of people told me that Lower mainland is not a good place to grow Cherry. Is it true. I would like to plant a combination cherry, because I have only one spot left. Is this ok in Surrey, B. C.

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Old September 13th, 2005, 12:21 PM
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Re: Santa Rose plum pollinator / growing cherries

The Santa Rosa is a standard pollinizer,
the term pollinator is accetible here, for
a variety of Plums including the Shiro.
The Shiro and the Yakima can help the
Santa Rosa produce more Plums but this
is generally true for any second Plum
planted near a Santa Rosa. I have a
Sprite Cherry Plum 15' directly to the
North of my Santa Rosa here. The
Shiro will probably require the Santa
Rosa to serve as a pollinizer for it
instead of the Shiro acting as a
pollinizer for the Santa Rosa.

There is a minor issue in that there
are more than one form of Santa
Rosa. There is an Early Santa Rosa,
a Late Santa Rosa and there is a
Queen Rosa that has been sold as
a Santa Rosa in the past. There are
some subtle differences in how
well these other early and late
forms of Santa Rosa will pollinize
other Plums in comparison to the
old form Santa Rosa Plum.

I would think you can grow a Cherry
in Surrey B.C.. I cannot guarantee
how well the Cherry will do there.
That is not the main issue, it is your
wanting a double grafted or double
budded Cherry on the same tree
which may be hard to find in a
nursery. I don't know your area
and do not know who to go to but
here I can have or order a "cocktail"
(3n1) Cherry budded right at the
grower nursery for me if I wanted one.
I think you will either have to request
a double Cherry from a retail nursery
or you will have to have a grower nursery
do the budding for you if they will do it
for only one tree. Best bet is to contact
a full service retail nursery near you and
have them ask around for any availability
of 2n1 Cherries for you for your area.

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Old June 11th, 2008, 07:02 PM
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Re: Santa Rose plum pollinator / growing cherries

I have read that the Santa Rosa is a self pollinator.
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Old June 11th, 2008, 07:17 PM
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Re: Santa Rose plum pollinator / growing cherries

Home Depot usually has multi-graft (4 in 1) cherry trees here in Ottawa. Probably they may have it in your city as well if there is a Home Depot near you. I had bought one last year grafted with Bing, Lapin, Rainier and Montmorency. I saw some multi-graft cherry trees this year as well at Home Depot.
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Old June 11th, 2008, 07:39 PM
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Re: Santa Rose plum pollinator / growing cherries

Also if you are really after a multi-graft cherry tree then you can find one at Dinter Nursery. They are at Duncan near Victoria City (B.C).
They have Cherry a "Combination Cherry - 4 way" listed in their catalog. They had it available in April. (http://www.dinternursery.ca/FruitTrees.htm). They don't ship though. I bought a "Combination Plum- 4 way" this year from them and a friend has to ship it to me to Ottawa. Actually I badly wanted a Rainier cherry. So, in order to spread the shipping cost, I added the 4-Way Combo Plum and an "Early Redhaven" peach, all bare-root. Well, the 4-Way Combo Plum and the "Early Redhaven" peach are healthy plants now but the Rainier cherry tree died. I guess my obsession with Rainier cherry might have died with it (or not!). For some reason, garden centres here don't carry Rainier cherry even by mistake. Can't figure out why. Also, I can't figure out why I like Rainier so much except it is nice coloured fruit, yellow with red blush (& good tasting too if the tree ever gets some fruit).
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