DARK PURPLE TO BLACK SKIN / RED FLESH
Ripens: +23 About August 17th in Kingsburg, CA
|MATURITY||Ripens +23, about August 17th in Kingsburg.|
|SKIN COLOR||Dark purple to black with a light freckling toward the apex.|
|FLESH COLOR||Red very close to the skin, creamy pink in the center and toward the stone.|
|SHAPE||Globose to oblate with a very flat apex.|
|SIZE||Very large, typically 2 7/8" (73 mm) with a heavy crop in the breeding grounds.|
|TEXTURE||Very firm, crisp, solid, only a medium amount of juice.|
|FLAVOR||Excellent flavor with a balance between acid and sugar, typically 19-23 brix.|
|SKIN CRACKING||No problems observed.|
|CROPPING||Heavy, with no crop failures observed.|
|BLOOMING PERIOD||Early, starts 1 day after Ambra, blooms over a long period.|
work both ways
WILL POLLINATE THESE OTHER VARIETIES
work both ways
|BLOSSOM DENSITY||Heavy bloom.|
|FLOWER TYPE||Medium white flower, orange yellow anthers.|
|POLLEN PRODUCTION||Strong, bee enticing.|
Solid Orchard: Spike one limb of a percentage of the trees with a mix of the above pollinators - 50% should work.
2-Variety 4-Row Combination Planting: Blackred VIII (22C553) Could be planted in combination alone with Yellowsweet II (38P827). Again, it would be cheap insurance to spike every 4th tree in the middle two rows with an appropriate pollinator.
Other Combinations: Blackred VIII (22C553) could be planted very successfully in several different combinations utilizing the list of varieties that Blackred VIII pollinates or is pollinated by. If the confirmed pollination is unidirectional, then confirmed pollinators must be added as required. For example, Blackred VIII (22C553) could be planted in combination with Plumred XII (0C498) requiring a pollinator spiked in the Blackred VIII's. Second example: Blackred VIII (22C553) could be planted with Cinamon - Blackred II (21C262) requiring a pollinator spiked in the Blackred II's.
|TREE DESCRIPTION||Upright, good vigor.|
|COLD STORAGE DATA|
|OVERALL||Recommended. Very large size, strong fruit quality, good cropping characteristics, observed to withstand very hot climatic conditions, Kingsburg Orchards has planted one test orchard.|
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. However, some varieties are easy to set and require spikes in about 25% to 50% of the trees. 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.