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Ruth Gerstetter Plum

Prunus dmestica
The earliest of all culinary plums

Origin: Germany 1920

Pollination:  Ruth Gerstetter is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners

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Ruth Gerstetter Plum Trees for sale - order online

We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.


History and description of Ruth Gerstetter

Raised from a cross between Czar and Bonne de Bry in Germany 1920 possibly by Adolf Gerstetter of Besigheim, Wuttemberg who introduced it in 1932.

Medium large, oval, purple fruit. Very early variety. Very susceptible to bacterial canker.



Main characteristics of Ruth Gerstetter

Use Culinary
Colour Purple
Fruit size  Medium
Season of use  M July

Disease resistance  Bacterial Canker: Very susceptible

Pollination date  20
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Incompatibility group 0
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Parentage  CzarBonne de Bry
Progeny  Herman