If you like gage plums, you’ll love growing Ariel plum trees, which produce pinkish gage-like plums. Although they have a fairly short storage life, it’s definitely worth the effort for these incredibly sweet, dessert-like fruit. The following Ariel plum tree info discusses how to grow and care for Ariel plums.
Ariel Plum Tree Info
Ariel plum trees were developed in Alnarp, Sweden from Autumn Compote and Count Althan’s Gage and were introduced into the market in 1960.
A vigorous upright tree that reliably crops year after year, Ariel plum trees have an upright, yet open, growth habit. The trees produce medium to large, oblong fruit with a dusky pink exterior and a bright golden pulp with a semi-clinging stone.
The plums are high in sugar (over 23%), yet with a hint of tang, making them ideal for use as either a dessert or culinary plum.
How to Grow Ariel Plums
Ariel plums are partially self-fruitful but would benefit from the close proximity of another pollinator.
When growing Ariel plums, be sure to select a site that is in full sun, at least 6 hours per day, with well-draining, sandy soil and a pH of 5.5-6.5.
This plum tree is susceptible to cracking and splitting, especially in wetter climates. It is also vulnerable to bacterial canker so should not be planted in regions of high humidity.
Ariel plum trees ripen in the last week of September to the first week of October.
As mentioned, Ariel plums have a short shelf life of 1-3 days, but for the avid plum connoisseur, they are well worth adding to the landscape for their delicious, sweet and juicy flavor.