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Meritare

  • Picking season: Early
  • Country of origin: France
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Meritare is an attractive new early-season plum from Sweden.

Meritare is quite similar to Victoria in appearance and flavour, and probably better for eating fresh, and the fruit-size is much larger.

This is a good choice if you are looking for an early-season plum to grow in colder climates.

Prunus domestica

Meritare plum trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Wavit rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    St. Julien rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Meritare is an attractive new early-season plum from Sweden.

Meritare is quite similar to Victoria in appearance and flavour, and probably better for eating fresh, and the fruit-size is much larger.

This is a good choice if you are looking for an early-season plum to grow in colder climates.

History

Meritare is considered too light-cropping by many commercial growers, but for the gardener this is a good thing - lighter crops often mean better flavour, and larger fruit size.

Although it can in some ways be considered an early Victoria-style plum, it is closely related to the well-known Swedish Opal plum. It inherits that variety's early ripening and robust health and cold-hardiness.

Meritare characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking season:Early
    • Cropping:Light
    • Keeping:1-3 days
    • Fruit persistence:Normal ripening
    • Useful for:Eating fresh
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Climate

    • Climate type:Temperate climatesMild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:France
    • Period of origin:1950 - 1999
    • Flower colour:White
    • Fruit colour:Red