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Growing Plums in your home fruit garden

The available plums are of three classes–the natives, Europeans and Japans; the natives are the longest – lived, hardier in tree and blossom, and heavier bearers.

The best early is Milton; brilliant red, yellow and juicy flesh.

Wildgoose and Whitaker are good seconds. Mrs. Cleveland is a later and larger sort, of finer quality. Three late-ripening plums of the finest quality, but not such prolific yielders, are Wayland, Benson and Reed, and where there is room for only a few trees, these will be best. They will need one tree of Newman or Prairie Flower with them to assure setting of the fruit. Of the Europeans, use Reine Claude (the best), Bradshaw or Shropshire. Damson is also good.

The Japanese varieties should go on high ground and be thinned, especially during their first years. Experience with Japanese plums suggests; they bear loads of fruit, and are generally free from disease, if one takes good care.  The most satisfactory varieties of the Japanese type are Abundance and Red June. Burbank is also highly recommended.

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