First things first. What is a Pluot tree? Pluot trees are a natural, hand-pollinated cross between apricot and plum trees first created by the fruit hybridizing genius Floyd Zaiger.
The Pluot tree is technically called an Interspecific Plum, and it produces an attractive, delicious freestone fruit that blends the best qualities of both parents.
Because the tree looks a bit more similar to a Plum than an Apricot tree, Zaiger called them plu-ots, putting the plum abbreviation before the apricot abbreviation. Note the difference between the pluot and the aprium. The aprium puts the apricot abbreviation first, indicating it has greater similarities to an apricot than a plum.
Pluot is pronounced: "ploo-aat,” and you're apt to smile when you eat one fresh.
Easy to grow, Pluot trees grow best in winter climates that are cold enough for plant dormancy. They do best with a pollinator partner, which could be another Pluot variety, or one of the Plum tree varieties.
As a flowering fruit tree, Pluot trees produce lovely white blooms in the springtime, followed by fruit that begins to appear in the summer. If you choose the pollinator plants wisely, you can extend your season of fruit. Planting a Flavor Delight Pluot tree with a Flavor King and a Flavor Grenade would give you nonstop fruit from early to late season.
Try planting several varieties of Pluot fruit trees together in a single large hole. You'll save space and increase pollination. With careful pruning, you’ll also be able to grow a single tree with three trunks. Called high-density planting, this technique for home gardeners is tried and true.
Most often eaten fresh and raw, fruit from the Pluot tree can also be used in cooking. You can use it in jams, salads, salsa and grilled as a side dish. The fruit from pluot trees is smoothly textured, like that of a Plum. But the taste and scent of a Pluot is sweet and intense. You’ll definitely note the apricot undertones.
These are beautiful, kid-friendly fruits that taste deliciously sweet. You'll love how nutritious Pluots are, loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium and a goodly helping of fiber. Don't worry, the kids will never know the fruit is actually good for you. There is nothing better than fresh fruit you grew yourself, and you can easily indulge with your very own Pluot tree.
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