In today’s post, I am sharing one of my family’s most beloved fruit tree – the plout. You will learn what this tree is and why I think every home garden should have at least 1 of these trees.
Pluot Tree in My Husbands Home Orchard
My husband and I both fell in love with the unique color and the flavor of the pluot fruit after having one at a local farmers market back in 2004. Of course, my husband found one online to order and add to our home garden immediately being new to growing an orchard. I am so glad he did because it is a tree we almost always get a harvest from. The fruit is always tasty and sweet. Oddly the deer seem to leave this tree alone – maybe because by the time this produces I early to mid-summer there is so much more in the woods for them to eat!
The best way to describe this tree and fruit is WOW!!!! Pluots are suggested for planting in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5-9 because they are known, performers. Both the trees we grow in our Northwest Ohio garden have a distinct flavor that is sweet and juicy. It is the best of apricots and plums mix.
The two trees in our garden are listed below:
The advantages of being a good pollenizer for most of the other Pluot® varieties; for this alone, it’s a very important variable. Dapple Dandy is also proven to set in zone 5-9. We’ve experienced a crop setback one year, and oversee the following season, perhaps leading to alternate-year cropping. The solution is to aggressively thin Dapple Dandy tree each year according to David Willson Nursery.
This fruit literally explodes in your mouth with amazing sweet as honey flavor and crunch. The fruit also hangs on to the tree – so you don’t have to pick it immediately. I’ve heard of home growers being able to harvest this fruit all the way into October.
Pluot Tree Harvest
What do do with the harvest? I’ve yet to make jam from my harvest but I do dehydrate them like a plum to use later in the year. I also give many away many fruits from the pluot tree for folks to enjoy during harvest.
I would love to hear your opinion about the pluot tree. Have you tasted a pluot before? Comment on this blog post or leave a message on my contact page.
Happy Fruit Tree Growing,
They’re so yummy! Can’t wait for more.
I can’t wait to share more… we’ll have to try making jam out of them next time. Thanks for stopping by Suellen.
I never heard of a pluot before until Bren brought some to my home. They were wonderful, sweet and juicy! I took some to my office as well, and everyone loved them. Thanks Bren for sharing.
how did I miss this comment! I hope to have more to share with you this year…stay tuned!
I love my pluot tree! It has a golden yellow fruit when ripe. I think it is a Flavor Queen variety.
The only problem I have with it is that squirrels and birds (especially jays and magpies) knock a lot of fruit down and it is wasted, also attracting other animals on the ground.
Do you know of a good way to discourage the squirrels and birds? Thanks!
Karen , Sacramento, CA
Hey Karen – thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am thinking you may have the The Splash Pluot, Prunus pluot ‘Splash’. You could consider a net around the tree when the fruit forms. We have farm cats that patrol where our trees grow and there are always tons of fruit so no worries if we lose a few.
Now that you have had your trees a few years, is spring frost an issue?
Thanks for asking about spring frost. Over the past years if we get a hard frost and the flowers are developing on the pluot tree we loose the crop. This has happen a few times so when we get a harvest it is well worth it. If you keep the tree at a height you can cover it with a sheet with ties. We did this one year on a tree and it worked! Either way – it is a cool tree and the fruit is a treat when we get it.