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Starking® Delicious™ Plum

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Description

A Stark Bro's Exclusive!Easy-to-Grow! A Stark Pick

Perfect for first-time growers. We never use the term “delicious” lightly, and this variety is no exception. Consistently bears heavy crops of round, sweet dessert plums with red skin and red flesh. Disease-resistant to bacterial leaf spot and canker. Heat-tolerant. Clingstone. Discovered in 1931 and introduced by Stark Bro’s in 1951. Ripens in early August. Best pollinators: Redheart, Shiro, Ozark Premier or Methley. Johnson cultivar

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Early August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Juicy, Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
To pollinate my plumcot tree
Irene A on Mar 13, 2017
Sweet red plums and a heavy producer, we make jams and can them in the pressure cooker, they make great topping for ice cream, toast, sandwiches and pancakes
Kevin H on Nov 18, 2016
To pollinate my plumcot tree
Irene A on Mar 13, 2017
A good eating and jelly
Carolyn D on Feb 14, 2017
Sweet red plums and a heavy producer, we make jams and can them in the pressure cooker, they make great topping for ice cream, toast, sandwiches and pancakes
Kevin H on Nov 18, 2016
My Shiro plum tree will need a pollinator, and these look delicious!
Cat L on Sep 7, 2016
It's a great tasting plum.
John R on Aug 25, 2016
Good combination of traits, and will pollinate with a plumcot.
DAVID S on Jun 5, 2016
A good eating and jelly
Carolyn D on Feb 14, 2017
My Shiro plum tree will need a pollinator, and these look delicious!
Cat L on Sep 7, 2016
I already have Big Blue and Santa Rosa varieties. I know they are not on your list of preferred pollinators for Starking Delicious or Elephant Heart, but will they serve as adequate pollinators for either Starking Delicious or Elephant Heart plums?
Jeff P on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Starking Delicious and Elephant Heart are Asian/Japanese type plums, so Santa Rosa (another Asian/Japanese type plum) should work just fine as a pollinator for those varieties. 'Big Blue' is a European type plum, so it is not recommended.
I think the plum tree i have is a Candy Plum is that a good pollinator for Ozark Plum?
Douglas T on Aug 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We're not familiar with a "Candy Plum." Could you mean "Bubblegum"? That is also known as "Toka," which is a Japanese-American hybrid. Pollination might be iffy. Ozark Premier is a Japanese plum that needs pollination by another Japanese, like Shiro or Starking?? Delicious??? Plum.

Customer Reviews

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Growing Great In Zone 9
Very pleased with all trees. They are growing nicely in second and branching for upcoming fruit bearing. Expect a small third year crop. Will thin heavily to avoid hampering vigor and growth. Prune in fall and use a regular fertilization and pest control. Have 26 Stark fruit trees in my backyard garden
August 7, 2016
Great purchase
I live in central illinois my tree is just about to finish its first full year in the ground no fruit yet. But that's normal , the tree has I would say easily grown 4 times it's original size I'm looking forward to seeing what it does next year.
September 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Starking Delicious Plum
This is my second time purchasing this tree due to change of residence. The plum is extremely high quality and similar to the plums offered in grocery stores. I have customers asking when these plums will be ready for sale because they are liked by so many people.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
great tree
Great looks good looking forward to when it starts to fruit
June 16, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing well
I purchased the Starking Delicious Plum as well as another variety late last spring. They were both the smallest size Stark sells but they leafed out soon after planting last year and have leafed out beautifully again this spring. I'm sure I am still several years from the time the trees will be mature enough to fruit but I am looking forward to that time.
June 16, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Sweet--great producer
The tree is quite hardy, bears heavily in Utah, and is a sweet, versatile plum. Caution: My 25 year old tree was killed by borers. Though it seemed to be resistant, the borers finally killed it--I should have given that problem more attention early on. I am now growing a replacement--same tree.
May 24, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
input on fruit trees i have bought from Stark Bros
I am happy with the way they are growing. my trees are young. this will be their first year to have fruit(2 years old coming up)hope to have more than I can eat thanks!!
November 5, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great Customer Service
StarkBro"s is a great company to do business with. I rate them as a top notice company in customer service. As for the Startking Delicious Plum trees that I received they came fast and in great condition. If one has any questions or problems with any of the products from StarkBro's just call them. They have always be very helpful to me. I will do business with them again.
May 10, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Arrived fresh
Plant arrived fresh and ready to plant. tree is doing great so far.
May 9, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Doing well this year.
Planted last fall. Doing well this spring, even had a few blooms.
May 12, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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