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How To Grow President Plum Trees?
by Johnnie Johnson
President Plum Tree Info – How To Grow President Plum Trees
The most common question I get asked when it comes to growing presidential pines is “how do I grow them?”
Well, I’ve been doing it since 1979! And I’m not going to stop now. If anything, my experience will give me a leg up on others trying to learn how to grow these trees.
I have grown several varieties of pines over the years and I’ll tell you why they are so popular with home gardeners today.
1) They’re easy to grow!
You don’t need special equipment or tools like some other types of pines do. Just water, fertilizer and sunshine.
(And lots of it!)
2) They’re beautiful!
I grew many different kinds during my time growing pines in California. Some were quite large while others were small enough to fit into a shoe box.
Each one had its own personality and each one looked great hanging from your deck railing or even in your front yard.
3) They’re versatile!
Not all pines are created the same. Some grow really tall and lanky while others remain short and squat.
Some grow really wide while others grow really long. This also goes with their needle size as well. Some pines are real “leapers” while others prefer to just hang around.
4) It’s in their nature!
Most people think that trees just sit there and do nothing all day long. But that’s not true at all!
They breathe in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen just like we humans do.
The main difference between us and them?
Is that they take in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide at night. While we do it the other way around! It’s all part of nature’s cycle of life.
5) They’re easy to enjoy!
A lot of people say growing pines is more for the experienced gardener, but that’s not true at all. Even a grade school kid can grow one!
It’s just like planting a garden. You just need to follow the directions on the fertilizer package (or the tag that comes with it if you buy one already started) and give it lots of sunlight, water and TLC!
6) They’re not all that expensive!
Sure, you’ll have to fork over some money to buy your tree or trees. But that’s a one-time expense.
After that, all you need to do is water and feed them and wait for them to grow.
7) They’re good for the environment!
A lot of people today are concerned about pollution and global warming. What you may not realize is, every tree you have in your yard takes some of that pollution out of the air we breathe.
As they say, many hands make light work. And that’s just what trees do. They also help prevent erosion of soil and they give our children somewhere to play! (If they had to stay inside all day every day, I don’t know what they’d do!)
How To Grow A Tree
Not all trees are the same! Some grow tall and lanky while others stay short and squat.
Some grow wide while others grow long. And that goes along with the type of needles they have as well.
If you want to grow a White Pine, you have your work cut out for you because these trees are REAL leapers. I grew one in California that was over eighty feet tall!
(And it would have been a hundred if we hadn’t used it for railroad ties.)
The best way to grow one of these is to put it in a hole at least twice as wide as the tree’s diameter and four times as deep. After that, backfill the hole with manure mixed half and half with soil.
If you’ve never done this before, you may want to get a bucket with a bottom in it to make a deep hole. And remember, the deeper the better because these things have a tendency to try to grow straight up!
Once your tree has been planted, keep it well watered for the first year. After that, just give it normal watering and it should be fine.
Sources & references used in this article:
Plum Rootstocks; Their Varieties, Propagation, and Influence upon Cultivated Varieties Worked Thereon. by RG Hatton, J Amos, AW Witt… – Journal of Pomology and …, 1928 – Taylor & Francis
Report on Tests of Self-Sterility and Cross-Incompatibility in Plums, Cherries, and Apples at the John Innes Horticultural Institution.-II by MB Crane – Journal of Pomology and Horticultural Science, 1923 – Taylor & Francis
Plums (Prunus) by FA Waugh – 1901 – Orange Judd Company
Self and Cross-Sterility in Fruit Trees: A Summary of Results Obtained from Pollination Experiments with Plums, Cherries and Apples. The John Innes Horticultural … by DW Ramming, V Cociu – … Resources of Temperate Fruit and Nut Crops …, 1991 – actahort.org
Selection of prune (Prunus domestica L.) cultivars suitable for the East Asian Temperate Monsoon Climate: ripening characteristics and fruit qualities of certain prunes … by MB Crane – Journal of Pomology and Horticultural Science, 1927 – Taylor & Francis