RED & GREEN RED SKIN / RED FLESH

Ripens:  +65     About September 20th in Kingsburg, CA

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MATURITY Ripens:  +65, about September 20th in Kingsburg.
SKIN COLOR Red streaking and mottling over a green background.
FLESH COLOR Dark red toward the skin, lighter red toward the stone.
SHAPE Globose.
SIZE Large, plenty of 2 3/4" (70 mm) fruit in the breeding grounds.
TEXTURE Very firm, crunchy, juicy.
FLAVOR An outstanding blend of acid and sugar, 22 brix.
AROMA Moderate.
SKIN CRACKING Heavy cracking observed in 2009.  Only slight apex slits at the pistil point in 2008.
CROPPING Average cropping.
BLOOMING PERIOD Medium, one day before Santa Rosa.
CONFIRMED POLLINATORS
Information Flower Variety Type Ripens Flower Bloom Code Year Pollinator Poll. Bloom Code No. Set
Rootbeer 0C189 d.P&G/d.R +65 5 2009 40P345 6 6
Rootbeer 0C189 d.P&G/d.R +65 5 2007 FQUEEN   6
Rootbeer 0C189 d.P&G/d.R +65 5 2009 25C937 3 4
Rootbeer 0C189 d.P&G/d.R +65 5 2010 24C93 4 2
Rootbeer 0C189 d.P&G/d.R +65 5 2010 26C218 3 2
Rootbeer 0C189 d.P&G/d.R +65 5 2009 26C218 3 2
Rootbeer 0C189 d.P&G/d.R +65 5 2007 EARLYQ   2
WILL POLLINATE THESE OTHER VARIETIES
Information Flower Variety Type Ripens Flower Bloom Code Year Pollinator Poll. Bloom Code No. Set
27P954 P-B/Y -12 7 2009 0C189 5 2
BLOSSOM DENSITY Very heavy bloom.
FLOWER TYPE Medium white flower, strong yellow anthers, short pistils.
POLLEN PRODUCTION Excellent, bee enticing.
PLANTING SUGGESTIONS

Solid Orchard:  Spike one limb of a percentage of the trees with a mix of the above 2 pollinators if available - suggested 50% - will establish new ones in 2009.

TREE DESCRIPTION Upright, good vigor.
COLD STORAGE DATA  
OVERALL NOT RECOMMENDED due to excess cracking.  This variety has outstanding fruit quality (especially the flesh color and flavor) if the skin color is acceptable, it is in the very late season. 

POLLINATOR RATINGS

0-1:  No conclusive value

2-3:  Can Be Used

4-6:  Good Pollinator

7-9:  Outstanding Pollinator

10+:  Double Barrel

 

Spiking a pollinator means to graft a central limb of the commercial variety with one of the confirmed pollinators.  The recommended method would be to spike each tree once, but alternate more than one confirmed pollinator throughout the commercial orchard.  Some growers prefer to interplant the pollinator in the same row between two trees of the preferred variety and grow them in a flagpole or or very upright V-style, often pulling and tying a limb toward the center of each adjoining tree.

 

Combination plantings are made of 2 or 3 varieties that usually benefit each other for pollination.  Alternating 4 rows of each is most common, alternating 2 rows of each gives better pollination, but does not harvest as efficiently.  Also, it is usually beneficial to insert pollinators along the center 2 rows of a 4 row planting.