Tree

TREE CHARACTERISTICS

Chilling requirement
Growth habit
Flowering (10 % blossoms open)
Full bloom (80% blossoms open)
Flower shape
Bearing habit
Disease susceptibility (Normal sprays)
Rootstocks evaluated

Remarks

REMARKS

Medium – Low (400-200 Infruitec Chilling Units)
Semi Spreading
1st Week August **
2nd Week August **
Rosaceous
On both spurs and shoots
Normal
Maridon

Thinning

THINNING

Pollinator
Fruit set
Blossom or fruit
Intensity of flowers

Pioneer**
Excellent
Fruit thinning recommended
High

Plims

FRUIT CHARACTERISTICS

Harvest date (first pick)
Control cultivar
Production (kg/tree)
Fruit size distribution
Shape
Skin colour
Flesh colour
TSS
Texture
Stone
Storage ability

Week 51 (3rd week December)**
Sapphire
Excellent (25 kg/tree @ 4,5 x 1,5 metre)**
Count AA-AAA (120-130g/fruit)**
Round
Black
Green-Yellow
At Harvest: 15Brix**
Very firm
Cling
Good

General

GENERAL

Partly funded by DFPT. An early dark black, round plum with excellent fruit set. Strong vigour. Need ripening, very good eating quality when fully matured and ripened. High acid levels. Short effective pollination period.

* = Plant Breeders Rights: ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij
** = Data obtained at Bien Donné, Simondium, Western Cape and is not necessarily representative of other areas.