At-cost plants available for cooperating growers, researchers.
If you've been thinking about starting - or expanding - a beach plum planting, we can provide you with inexpensive plants. In exchange, all that we ask is for your cooperation in letting us collect data from your orchard.
The improved cultivars we are developing here at Cornell are still a few years off. In the meantime, we are purchasing bare-root, seed-grown plants from nurseries for distribution to growers and researchers who are willing to work with us.
We anticipate that the 10- to 18-inch-tall whips will cost less than 50 cents each. These plants will represent the natural variation in fruit quality and yield you'd expect from seed-grown plants. Delivery will be in early spring 2003. Plan to plant them about 5 feet apart in rows 12 feet apart, or 726 plants per acre. (Find site preparation instructions in the Grower's Guide.)
Currently, we are working with about 15 farms in the Northeast with plantings that range in size from 25 to 800 bushes. We are seeking additional growers and other agricultural educators and professionals who want to establish plantings. Our long-term goal is to help beach plum growers form their own self-directed consortium to grow, process and market this native fruit.
By placing a bulk order and pooling information on our methods and yields, we will promote the idea of behaving in a cooperative manor. You can choose from two options for participation in this project:
- Install a small number of plants (100 or fewer).
- Allow us to tag the plants so we can make periodic observations.
- Provide us with small fruit samples for quality evaluation.
- Provide us with samples of any jam or jelly you produce for quality evaluation.
- Fill out the Evaluation Sheet on an annual basis.
For more information, contact project manager Richard Uva, 607-255-2746, email@example.com.
- Install a large number of plants (500 or more).
- Fulfill all the requirements of Cooperator listed above.
- Record yields and provide production economic data.
- Receive and install plants in spring 2003 from our provenance collection for long term observation.
- Receive and install bulk numbers of seedlings in spring 2003 to raise as understocks for bud wood to be provided later.
- Plant out our preliminary cultivar releases as they are available in 2004 or 2005 for the purposes of evaluation and increasing bud wood.