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Growing Your Own Plum Tree: A Beginner’s Guide

Plum trees can add so much beauty to any yard. The bright, purple fruit of the plum tree will catch people’s eyes and add a cosmetic touch to your yard. Plum trees are not hard to grow when it comes to fruit trees. Although, most fruit trees are complicated to ensure they grow fruit, plum trees aren’t. Even beginner planters and growers can get a lot of fruit from a plum tree. Here’s how to grow your own plum tree as a beginner planter.

How to Grow a Plum Tree

Planting

Most plum trees need to cross pollinate to produce fruit. Make sure you plant more than one plum tree so that the trees will pollinate each other. If you only plant one tree you probably won’t get any fruit. There are some kinds of trees that don’t need to cross pollinate. Do some research to find out which kind of plum tree would do the best for your region. European plum trees typically do well all across the US. Plant your plum tree where it won’t be exposed to a lot of wind. Plum trees need a lot of sun, access to full sun will help the plant grow fruit. Dig a hole a few inches deeper and wider than the roots of your plant. It’s as easy as that! Make sure to give your plum tree plenty of water. If you plant more than one tree, be sure that the trees are 20-25 feet apart so that they don’t crowd each other.

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Care

Prune your plum tree to prevent branches from breaking under the weight of the fruit. Give your plum tree a lot of water the first week after it has been planted. Water the plum tree deeply, rather than frequently. After the leaves have fallen off of the tree in the fall, you can rake the leaves around the tree to keep it looking nice. You can put a tree wrap over your young plant in the winter to prevent damage. 

Harvesting

Plums taste the best when they are left to ripen on the tree instead of picking them too early. Plums are ripe when they are purple and soft to the touch. They should be easy to pull off of the plum tree when you try to pull them. After you pick the plums make sure you eat them or store them in the fridge quickly. Plums will spoil in no time at all if you leave them out. You can make jams, jellies, or dry the plums for prunes. You can make quick, easy, delicious, and nutritious snacks that your kids will love! 

Summing Up

You can easily grow a plum tree and have fruit for years to come. All you need to do is plant the tree deep in the soil, make sure it gets lots of water, prune your tree, and watch the fruit grow! Your family will love harvesting and plucking all the fruit in your own backyard. Dried prunes, jams, jellies, and preserves all taste delicious. Try planting a plum tree this season and see how much fun your family will have growing it together! 

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Denali Gillen

I am a farmer’s wife living a farmer’s life. I love having wide open spaces and plenty of space to raise a family. Making the most out of outdoor spaces is something I never get tired of!

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