You must have JavaScript enabled to use this form. As soon as you have three wide-angled branches, spaced equally apart, cut back any other branches so that these three are the main branches. Are you having pest issues? Space standard-size trees 20 to 25 feet apart and dwarf trees 10 to 15 feet apart. The average garden soil is around 6.5 to 7. Greetings. Can you help? Submitted by Teresa on August 27, 2020 - 8:16am. There were 2 bountiful years and then no harvest last year/2018. WE are plumb crazy about the way you are caring so much about these trees, and we’re sure that both you and they will be a success. Shrubs typically are less than 13 feet tall and have multiple stems less than 3 inches in diameter. Check out our video to learn more about planting a bare–rooted fruit tree. That is indeed very frustrating! Submitted by Rose on April 17, 2019 - 3:17pm. Also they are dark brown, almost black. If the tree looks perfectly healthy and strong in every other aspect, lack of cross-pollination is likely the problem. Hi..I have recently germinated a plum tree and planted it in a pot, fall is coming and I need to know how to take care of it. If you have a European variety, the best pruning method is to create a central leader. Staking after planting may result in damage to the root ball. Thank you. The trees are healthy looking with no sign of pests or disease. Submitted by ray jones on February 2, 2019 - 2:02pm, I had a plum tree in my yard for over 30 years they were red until full ripeness,then turned dark ,almost purple these were the best ever. Premature fruit drop is common among fruit trees; it’s Mother Nature’s way of reducing the load—especially if you do not thin the fruit load yourself (prune when plums are about ¾-inch long, leaving 4 to 6 inches between remaining fruits). In the summer of the first year, cut the vigorous shoots that form on the top of the tree by two or three buds. consult the Plant Profile page for this species on the PLANTS Web site. If grown in the right spot, plums can be prolific producers and add beauty to your backyard. Do the trees produce every year or only every other year? Plums are closely related to peaches and cherries and are widely eaten fresh as a dessert fruit, cooked as compote or jam, or baked in a variety of pastries. tks, Submitted by The Editors on July 5, 2017 - 3:33pm. Tolerant of coastal salt spray and saline soils. Growing Plum Trees: Plant seeds or seedlings in well drained soil. Once established, fruit production requires regular fertilizing all year long. What are my chances for being successful with these trees. Although it is more often listed as a purple-leaf sand cherry, P. cisena is sometimes listed as the cistena plum. The other thing you might do is ask at Home Depot. That’s unfortunate. This guide will provide step-by-step instructions with my own photos, so you can learn about growing your own tomatoes in pots and containers. Plum plants are native to Asia, Europe, and North America. We have lived here 4 years. Learn more about Monrovia plants and best practices for best possible plant performance. Position – Plant a plum tree in full sun in a spot that is sheltered from the wind, if possible. Gray ex Hook & Arn.) The common name confusion is because both plums and cherries belong to the Prunus genus. Hi, Vanessa: Well, no, you’re not plumb crazy for being plum crazy in Sun City, but a lot of your success will depend on which cultivar you have and how you treat your trees. Submitted by JUDITH LAWRENCE on November 16, 2017 - 12:46pm, HELLO, I HAVE A DAMSON PLUM IN GROUND 8 YEARS NOW AND NO FRUIT, IT ALSO HAS SHORT VERY SHARP POINTED SPURS ON BRANCHES, I DO NOT NOTICE FLOWERING ALSO. Or some other reason? How to Grow a Carissa Natal Plum. They prefer sandy soils and should be watered in times of drought. To give his plumb-cherry hybrid a botanical name, Hansen combined prunus with cestina, the Sioux word for baby. If branches do break, prune them back to undamaged wood, ideally cutting back to a natural fork to avoid leaving stubs. Perhaps they get these questions and have answers specific to what they sell. ** Fed Ex & Priority Mail have advised to allow an extra 5-7 days for delivery. Gardenality is a gardening-centric site made by gardeners for gardeners with tools that enhance any gardening for the expert to the weekend gardener. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. To prepare a container-grown tree for planting, remove the tree from its pot and get rid of any tightly circling roots by laying the root ball on its side and using shears to trim off these roots. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. It’s best to water the plant deeply at the soil line, then let the soil dry out (though not completely) and water again. In answer to the question of whether P. cistena is a flowering plum or a flowering cherry, it is a hybrid, half and half. The Best Plum Tree Varieties Ready to Order Now for Bareroot Winter Delivery. For bare-root trees, it’s often recommended to stake the tree for at least one year, until the tree is stable enough to stand on its own. Plum trees typically bear within 4 to 6 years of planting. I'm in zone 4 and two years ago bought a home with two plum trees on the property. Visit us today for the widest range of Garden products. Small fruits can be caused by a number of factors. Identifying a flowering plum shrub is complicated because of a confusion of common names and the distinction between what is a shrub and what is a tree. Thank you so much. How to Plant a Plum Tree. The end result should resemble a Christmas tree. if not .whats the earliest ripening plum variety.ray,ohio zone 6b thanks, Submitted by JC on April 14, 2019 - 8:11pm. Submitted by The Editors on April 20, 2017 - 9:21am. If you are new to growing fruit trees, plum trees make an excellent choice. If rain is lacking, water your tree well into mid-October to give it plenty of moisture through the winter months.