DARK PURPLE TO BLACK SKIN / RED FLESH
Ripens: +25 About August 19th in Kingsburg, CA
|MATURITY||Ripens +25, about August 19th in Kingsburg.|
|SKIN COLOR||Dark purple to black with a freckling stronger toward the apex.|
|FLESH COLOR||Dark red toward the skin, lighter red toward the stone.|
|SHAPE||Globose to slightly heart shaped.|
|SIZE||Good, typically 2 5/8" (67 mm) with a good crop in the breeding grounds.|
|TEXTURE||Firm, crisp, solid, juicy.|
|FLAVOR||Excellent flavor with a balance between acid and sugar, typically 19-23 brix.|
|SKIN CRACKING||No problems observed.|
|CROPPING||Medium, light only once in 6 years, must have a pollinator in each tree to attract bees.|
|BLOOMING PERIOD||Medium to late, one day after Angeleno.|
|WILL POLLINATE THESE OTHER VARIETIES||None. 27P326 is pollen deficient and is not useful as a pollinator.|
|BLOSSOM DENSITY||Very heavy bloom.|
|FLOWER TYPE||Medium white flower, light flesh colored anthers.|
|POLLEN PRODUCTION||Weak, not bee enticing.|
Solid Orchard: Spike one limb of a percentage of the trees with a mix of the above pollinators - suggested 100%.
Combination Plantings: 27P326 could be planted in conjunction with several of the above pollinators. Typical plantings on an alternating 4 row spacing will require the addition of extra pollinators for the pollinator itself. It would be cheap insurance to spike the center two rows with additional pollinators, perhaps 25% to 50%.
|TREE DESCRIPTION||Upright, good vigor.|
|COLD STORAGE DATA|
|OVERALL||Average: Excellent quality with medium cropping expectations, but we have not seen it commerciall here.|
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.