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Wild Plum Crop Looking Good For 2018

Wild Plum Crop Looking Good For 2018
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The wild plum, also known as the American Plum, is a plum native to the Americas. It grows wild in sandy soil and is drought tolerant.

Here on the farm there is a batch of wild plums in a pasture and have been growing there for years. This year looks like they are going to produce a good crop.

I do not know if it was the harsh winter of 2017 – 2018, or the very sweet spring, but whatever happened, the wild plums here on the farm are doing pretty good.

Wild plums, the American Plum

Some of the trees have 5 or 6 plums on one branch.

There is a spot on the farm I want to cultivate more of these trees at. So when the plums ripen I am going to harvest the seeds and plant them where I want the other orchard at.

The only bad thing about wild plums is they need full sun. If they get shaded, chances are they will die back. Some pine trees grew up in the north side of the wild plum patch, and the plum trees around the pine trees have died.

When I plant the seeds the new trees are going to have full view of the southern sky.

The plums can be rather small. There are some pictures out on the internet of silver dollar sized wild plums. I do not know if they are true American Plums or some type of plum spliced with American stock.

My granny use to make jelly from these plums. Back then they grew wild everywhere they could get sunlight.

These days it seems most people brush hog them down, and the only time they are seen are growing along the side of a road.

Preserving Wild Plums?

Besides making jelly, is there a way to preserve wild plums?

I may pick some wild plums, remove the seed, then try to dehydrate them using an SUV.  This would involve putting the SUV in direct sunlight, cracking the windows just a little bit, then laying the plums on a wire rack.

The Texas heat can be pretty brutal.  Combined with the greenhouse affect of using the SUV, hopefully the temperatures will get high enough to dehydrate the plums.

The wild plums should be ripe in May.  So that is probably when I will pick some and try the experiment.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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