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Hi all,

I am in the process of obtaining some budwood for named varieties of Prunus Mume (Japanese apricot/Japanese Plum) from a lovely man at the DPI who ran some Prunus Mume trials for RIRDC.

I am looking for someone to either graft the budwood or teach me how to. I am in Footscray, Melbourne, and of course I am happy to share my spoils initially with my helper, but then as the tree grows with anyone who is interested (so long as I am not out of pocket by much for postage.)

Gabby
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sternus1 says...
They're for sale on ebay all the time.
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Jason says...
Ive had one in the ground for five years or so. Originally it didnt grow much thanks to constant grazing by wallabies. But since fencing it of its growth has exploded. I does 5-6 foot a year easily. The weird thing is its green year round and doesnt flower..

It's a very important and potent part of Chinese medicine with western studies to back it up. Tastes good dried and salted too. If only it would fruit for me!.
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BenW says...
Hi Gabby

I actually have a bit of mume budwood myself this year. It's a couple of flowering types, though they should fruit, just not specifically selected for fruit quality.

I'm using plum rootstock, though peach would also work I think.

Unless you know someone who can graft, I would suggest going to a grafting day for a demo. There are several in the next few weeks. Not a lot of rootstock this year, so go early if you don't have some already.

http://www.heritagefruitssociety.org.au/Resources/Pictures/HFS%20Grafting%20Days%20poster%202014.jpg

Do you have variety descriptions for what he is getting you?

I may be doing a little grafting for a friend in Footscray in a week or two. I could probably show you how it's done, or do a few for you, in trade for a little budwood, especially if they are something special.

I'm not an expert, but then again, it's really not so hard :)
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MaryT1 says...
Jason you might like to try pruning your tree back?

http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2009/06/23/2606206.htm
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Brain says...
Prunus mume is really more chinese than it is japanese. It is on the tail of china airlines. The chinese translate it to english as plum ( and sometimes prunes) . But it is different from the plum on supermarket shelves.

The fruit isnt eatten fresh, but preserved in salt and added sugar for it to be a treat. You can find a good selection in the chinese grocers, generally called salted plums/prunes The japanese uses the same fruit but makes it into a wine or a garnish for meals.

Anyway, the plant is special to the chinese because it symbolises strength and resilience through hardship, as it tend to flower in the coldest winter periods, when it is in thick snow and when no other plants dare to flower.

I have gotten myself one from ebay, but its a seedling and i also suspect it really need some really cold chill for flowers to break. So heres hoping for one day!

I suspect mine is a single flower and white in colour, and weeping in form. And i am actually curious as to what other mume is out there. I recall seeing pictures of a pink one in canberra and seen them for sale from a victorian nursery.





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Jason says...
I think I will try and make some kind of shape out of it Mary, it's pretty much a giant weeping bush tight now. Really cant understand why it wont go dormant though. Its not like I live somewhere warm.
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MaryT1 says...
Jason is it a grafted variety? Could it be that the rootstock had taken over? Has it flowered?
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Jason says...
Mary it's a seedling, since its a seedling it came from a fruit and by all right should have flowered after three - five years or so?. So I read is normal for this species. Then again maybe it feels like taking longer. Sometimes Apricots take eight years or so for me. They aren't almost instant flowering like a Peach. Just keep waiting I guess, but I dont see how it'll ever flower when it doesn't go dormant. That's the weird part.
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Gabby Salts says...
Hi All,

Thanks for your replies.

The varieties in the RIRDC trial are Nankou, Ianjy, Ellching, Daching, & Bungo, so I hope I get some fantastic fruiting varieties. Nankou is meant to be Japan's best variety with higher fruit to stone ratio than other varieties. I have a bare root tree for rootstock, the Prunus Mume "rosebud" from flemmings on order, to pick up Sunday.

The RIRDC trial says peach rootstock is a fail as it snaps at the graft union. It recomends using prunus mume rootstock as far as I gathered, (I did not read every page word for word as the marketing parts are quite dry.)

I am very excited about the grafting day and am going to ring Ceres tomorrow and see if I need to book.

I am a bit of a freak as I am intolerant to "nightshade" vegies, so eggplant, potato, tomato and capsicum/chili all hurt my rheumatoid arthritis, I am hoping if I bottle these fruits unsalted then I may have a reasonable canned tomato substitute for pasta sauce etc. Currently I use steamed pumpkin mixed with beetroot, enough miso paste to get the right "umami" flavour and enough cider vinegar to get the right acid flavour. A bit of a production compared to opening a tin/fowlers bottle of fruit.

This is why I want a specific variety for fruit so I can get a decent harvest to bottle for myself for a year of pastas. If the flavour isn't quite right then no loss, I can make Umeboshi and Umeshi....

Cheers Gabby
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Jason says...
Gabby prunus mume is the main ingredient in FAHF-2, a potent herbal formula under trials in the states for food alergies. The stuff is the bees knees. Your listed dodgy foods flare all kinds of immune system problems. But yeah, mume will be ok.
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MaryT1 says...
Jason here's an interesting conversation about forcing trees into dormancy

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/citrus/msg101853095995.html?14
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jakfruit etiquette says...
The Ume is related to apricot, the fruit is fairly similar, ume is prettier. The colour of umeboshi plums comes from Japanese red shisho(Perilla)included in the process. O'wise any processed plums will be dull orange brown.
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Aya says...
Hi Gabby,

I was looking for where to get Prunus mume online and happened to see this post. It's funny that I also live in Footscray ;) I'm Japanese and love Umeboshi and umeshu! :) how is your tree going!? Where did you get the tree at first place? I would like to purchase and grow my own Ume...
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Hi Aya, havent heard from Gabby for a while. She is trying to grow her own tree, from the start.
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Akiko says...
Hi All, I'm also looking Prunus mume tree too. We got one tree from eBay shop but after some research, I found that you should have 2 trees (preferably different kinds) to yield better fruits. Does anyone know where I can get either 'bungo' or 'nankou'? Thanks.
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Gabby Salts says...
Hi all,

I have not been successful with my grafting, I am not sure if it was the wrong time of the year or if i ruined the budwood by putting it in the fridge rather than the crisper (apparently the fridge is too cold and the crisper is a better temp).

I have asked a few nurseries if I can get the names variety budwood from my contact sent direct to them to graft and may have more info soon. I will remember to post here and let people know if i have success.

Thanks Gabby
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BenW says...
Hi Gabby.

Is there any chance your contact can send me some scion to try? I'm reasonably competent at grafting / budding.

Happy to pay postage, ect.

Cheers,
Ben :)
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Shiho says...
Hi I have been looking for Prunus mume too if it is same plant as it is called "Nankou Ume" in Japanese? I am Japanese too from the prefecture which is famous for producing "Nankou Ume" and would like to have one in my back yard in Brisbane.
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Gabby Salts says...
Hi everybody, I do not have any plants, the budwood I was sent died.
Sorry to disappoint but I will let you know if that changes.
Thanks Gabby
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Brain says...
You can get seed grown seedlings off ebay. I would suggest you get 2 or more, as seedlings can be touch and go.
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ume says...
You may want to get "roubai" plum. The flower is beautiful and bloomed earlier, approximatly 2 month earlier than ordinally Mume.
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Diana says...
I just bought one of these from the rare plant fair at Mt Coot-tha today. The stall was 'JAC Orchids, rare & unusual plants' based in Greenbank (western Brisbane). The owner propagates them there and said the chill in western Brisbane is fine for them.
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Osakadaz says...
Jason did yours ever flower or lose it's leaves? I bought one two yeras ago and is now 2 m high..lovely green leaves with red new growth on tips...but never loses leaves and I am in Illawarra region, where it gets reasonably cold.
Have one down at bottom of slope and one up top.Would love to know if yours ever flowered, as mine will regrettably get the chop pretty soon.I want the fruit and the flowers. As it was bought on Ebay it is impossible to know the variety..it seems the Taiwanese ones did better in Australia.Thanks!
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@Osakadaz I'm a member of ausbonsai and I know there'd be local members from your area who would love to dig up that prunus and take it away, if you're wanting it gone... please don't just discard it, bonsai people LOVE prunus!!

Here's the link to the forum
http://www.ausbonsai.com.au/forum/index.php
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Osakadaz says...
Cheers! I have taken cuttings, so if the take..will let the bonsai foum know!
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Jason says...
Osakadaz, just thought I better log in as I haven't for a couple of years. I went for a walk in my much neglected garden just now with a torch.. The Ume is flowering right now for the first time ever, couldn't say it lost it's leaves as it looks like it's been shooting new growth for a month or so. I doesn't have a lot of flowers, maybe 20 but that's pretty usual for a first try at fertility. Probably took about 8 years. maybe 9 at most. I wont expect fruit this year but next year I should. Smelly flowers! probably in a good way. Bit excited to eat the fruit, even though I don't eat fruit anymore well maybe just the skins.. But since this thing is super medicine I will give it a try.
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Joel15 says...
I'm also looking for budwood of superior varieties if anyone finds a source
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Jack Dan says...
Hi Gabby,
Any luck yet? We have 4 trees bought from ebay, but the same problem as some others with it not going dormant in winter. Really interested to know if you have made any progress. We pick Ume every year in Japan and make umeboshi and umeshu that we bring home, but we really want fruiting trees here.
Let me know if you have had any success recently,
Jaq.
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Darren says...
Good news! Mine finally flowered 4 yrs or so from seedling. I hand stripped the leaves and got quite a few flowering laterals. I saw bees around them but no evidence of fruit.
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