Dwarf a-okay™ Plum

$45.00 inc. GST

Requires a pollinator

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Research findings state that higher consumption levels of antioxidant fruit are beneficial in supporting the human body’s immune system. Laboratory tests show that the A‑okay™ Plum has the highest antioxidants and potential health benefits of any plum variety available to home gardeners. The best potential health benefits of high antioxidant fruit is achieved when both the skin and flesh are consumed. A‑okay™ Plum is offered as both full size trees and dwarf trees by PlantNet® retail nurseries.

A prolific cropping tree producing large numbers of dark skinned plums with blood red flesh and a small seed. New growth is a beautiful burgundy colour throughout the growing season.

Pollination is required from another plum variety which flowers at the same time. Suggestions are Ruby Blood plum, Narrabeen plum, Mariposa plum or Satsuma plum.

For more information on the benefits of A-okay plum, visit its dedicated page!

Suitability
Not recommended for coastal Queensland and northern New South Wales as winters are not cold enough to produce fruit.
fruit tree growing suitable map Australia
Uses
Available as both full size trees and dwarf fruit tree options. The dwarf version is a low maintenance tree ideal for backyards, pots, or tubs.
Tree height
Dwarf- 2.5m, Full size- 4.0m
Tree width
Dwarf- 2.5m, Full size- 3.5m-4.0m
Skin colour
Dark red, speckled
Flesh
Deep red, freestone
Fruit shape
Rounded heart shape
Fruit size
Large
Flavour
Sweet, tender
Harvest time
Early March
Fruit uses
Eating fresh, stewing, jams, cooking, preserving
Comments
Prolific bearer

Description

Plant care information

Site Selection – Plant in full sun. In hot climates, consider a protected space where the tree receives afternoon shade or is protected from strong winds to reduce fruit scalding and dropping. Your space should have free draining soil to avoid fungal issues. If it doesn’t, consider planting in a pot, raised garden bed, or a mound.

Planting Dig your hole at the time of planting. Dig a hole twice the width of the rootball/pot, and one and a half deep. Backfill with a mixture of premium garden soil and good quality soil from the hole. Mulch and water in well. Note – do not use this fill in extremely clay or sandy soils. Create a mound, spend time adjusting your soil, or use a pot. See more information about this in the growing guides in our Plant Care tab.

Potting – Use a pot at least 50cms wide and deep. Use high quality premium potting mix, you may add perlite or pine bark to add structure. Mulch and water in well.

Staking – Staking may not be necessary but where utilised, use two stakes with soft, loose ties around the tree. Ensure the tree can still ‘wiggle’ in the wind to develop strong anchorage on its own. Remove the stakes when the trunk is thicker than the stake used, or in year 2.

Watering – Use the 1,2,3,4 method to establish. Water once a day for a week, then every two days for two weeks, then every three days for three weeks, and so on. Always adjust to your local weather and increase watering in hot and windy weather, decrease in cold or rainy weather.

Fertilising – Use a balanced fertiliser blend. The main fertilising period is early Spring and Autumn. To give you a general guide, PlantNet® has created a great guide for fertilising deciduous fruit trees in pots from trial work completed by PlantNet® over a 3 year period.

Pruning – Prune bareroot or dormant trees in winter back by 1/3 at time of planting. Prune at the end of winter every following year. See the plant care tab linked below for more information.

Pest & Disease Control – Spray with an organic Bordeaux spray at the start of winter, and twice just before bud swell at the end of winter. This controls many diseases and overwintering pests. Many insect pests can be controlled with netting once flowers have formed fruit. For further information view our  Common Fruit Tree Pests and Diseases article.

For further information, visit our Plant Care page to view all of our growing guides, fertiliser trials, and seasonal tips!