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Herman

Herman
  • Picking season: Early
  • Country of origin: Sweden
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2

Herman is one of the earliest plums available, ripening in mid-July in southern England. It is medium size, with a blue-black color, yellow flesh - similar to its parent, Czar, but with a much better eating flavour, and ripening earlier.

Herman is a free-stone plum - the stone falls away easily from the flesh.

Prunus domestica

Herman plum trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    St. Julien rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)


How to grow

Like Czar, Herman tolerates less than ideal growing conditions but if growing for dessert use then a sunnier aspect will help.



History

Herman was developed at the SLU Balsgard research station in southern Sweden in the 1970s, a cross between Czar and Ruth Gerstetter.



Herman characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-July
    • Picking season:Early
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):1-3 days
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Culinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:2
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Average
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F), Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:Sweden
    • Period of origin:1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour:Purple