GREEN & RED SKIN / RED FLESH
Ripens: +15 About August 9th in Kingsburg, CA
|MATURITY||Ripens +15, about August 9th in Kingsburg.|
|SIZE||Giant, typically 2 3/4" (70 mm) in the breeding grounds with a heavy crop.|
|TEXTURE||Firm, solid, juicy.|
|FLAVOR||An outstanding blend of acid and sugar, typically 20 brix.|
|SKIN CRACKING||Very few ever observed.|
|CROPPING||HEAVY CROPPING, no failures observed in 4 years.|
|BLOOMING PERIOD||Very late.|
|WILL POLLINATE THESE OTHER VARIETIES||No data to report.|
|FLOWER TYPE||Medium white.|
|POLLEN PRODUCTION||Very strong yellow, bee enticing.|
Solid Orchard: Spike one limb of a percentage of the trees with a mix of the above pollinators - suggested 25%-50%.
Combination Planting: 25P616 could be planted in conjunction with any of the above pollinators, perhaps on a 4x4 row spacing. This type planting would be unidirectional, so pollinators for the unverified variety would have to be provided. It would be cheap insurance to spike every 4th tree in the middle two rows of any 4 row planting with an appropriate pollinator.
|TREE DESCRIPTION||Upright and spreading, good vigor.|
|COLD STORAGE DATA|
|OVERALL||RECOMMENDED for cooler climates, as the fruit is very large, productive, very good in quality, and follows right after Dapple Dandy. However, it has shown some heat damage in severe hot spells.|
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.