Plant a Plum Pit!
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Plum trees are one of the most popular fruit trees in Japan. They’re usually planted in spring or summer when they’re at their peak. There’s no need to wait until autumn if you want them now. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your new plum tree before winter sets in.
In fact, you might even get lucky and find some ripe plums during the first few weeks of April. That would be pretty good!
You don’t have to wait until fall to start planting plum trees either. Spring is still a great time because there are so many varieties available that you won’t run out of variety any time soon.
And with all those varieties come different sizes and shapes. This is what makes picking out a tree so much fun.
Some of them are big and bushy, while others are medium sized and narrow. And then there’s the plum that looks just like a peach tree.
There are many different fruits available too, and they’re not just purple anymore either. Some of them can be red, black, green, or even yellow.
Plum trees do very well in pots too! Be sure to use a big enough pot so it has enough room to grow, and be sure to fertilize it every once in a while.
Don’t forget to keep it watered either, especially during hot weather periods.
You can even return your pot back to the nursery for a replacement if it doesn’t grow right. Just don’t wait until the last minute to do this or you might not get one in time for the next growing season!
This is why it’s best to order your tree as soon as they become available. Also remember that these can sell out fairly quickly during the peak growing season (March – June).
Don’t worry though, if the tree you want is no longer in stock you can put your name on a waiting list. When they’re ready to be shipped again you’ll get an email and you can complete your order online right then and there.
Planting a Plum Tree
Does The Size Of Your Container Effect How Big Your Plum Tree Will Grow?
Now that you’ve picked out the perfect plum tree, it’s time to plant it. This is really a very simple process and can be done as soon as you get home. But before planting, check your nursery’s pot to make sure the soil is still good and moist. You don’t want to add a dried out plant to your new garden!
If the soil is dry then you might want to water it a little before planting. This can even be done right in the pot.
Just use a hose or watering can and give it enough moisture until it looks dark and muddy around the edges. Then wait about an hour before planting.
Another way to do this (and the preferred way) is to put some of this same soil in a bucket. Then you can mix in some organic plant food and water.
This makes what is called “compost tea”, which you can then use to water other plants or directly into the soil when you plant your tree.
Now that your soil is ready, it’s time to dig a hole for your tree. This should be about twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
Make sure the hole is deep enough that the very top of the root ball will be at the same level it was in the pot.
Carefully remove the tree from the pot (tip: look for a marking that shows which side is up) and place it into the hole. Fill in with the soil you dug out and add some more soil until the hole is filled in and your tree is completely covered.
Pat down the soil to eliminate any air pockets.
Then water it well. You should water it every day for the first week, then cut that back to every couple of days for the next month.
After that, if there is no rain, give it a good soaking and then wait a week or two before watering again.
Your tree should start growing right away even though it may take a year or more before it begins to bear fruit.
You want the tree to be standing straight so as it grows it doesn’t bend near the middle. If this does happen you can stake it until it gets tall enough that the weight of the branches keeps it standing straight.
You should also mulch around its base to keep the soil moisture even and help ward off weeds. Keep in mind that if your tree does grow tall (6 feet or more) you will want to keep it pruned so that it doesn’t shade out your vegetables.
You can do this by hand (taking off branches as they grow) or you can get a pole saw to take care of the job for you.
Take a look at your tree every once in a while and you’ll be able to see if any branches need to come off. Always cut them back to the main branch.
Never remove a branch completely because you will be cutting off future fruit production.
You can get away with letting the fruit grow too, but it will compete with your vegetables for sun and they won’t like that.
If you want to be picky then you can also keep an eye on your tree as it grows and thin out the fruit as it starts to develop. This means that you only leave 1 or 2 pieces of fruit per cluster.
The rest will become too big and rot before they have a chance to ripen.
Your tree will produce a lot more fruit than you’ll ever be able to eat so you may want to consider making some preserves or even better, vodka!
One way or another you’ll have plenty to eat and plenty to share. Planting a fruit tree is a great idea for your homestead.
With a little care they can produce for decades.
Here’s a video that shows the process of planting a fruit tree in more detail.
Raised Bed Gardening
Whether you get your seeds from the grocery store or grow your own, you still have to plant them in a place that’s going to be easy to tend. If you’re not careful and just clear a patch of land somewhere, your vegetables can end up choked out by weeds, eaten by wildlife or even both!
A much better solution is to build a few raised garden beds. This way you can control everything from soil quality to pests and make it easier to manage your harvest.
When you’re first starting out with growing vegetables you don’t need anything fancy. You can just stack some wood together and pile dirt in them.
The important thing is that the ground does not immediately wash away when it rains and that you’ll be able to reach the plants in order to tend them.
Pour some gravel in the bottom to prevent the soil from washing away and to keep it from becoming too muddy. Then fill the bed about a quarter of the way with compost, manure or just plain topsoil.
Now comes the hard part, waiting for the seeds to actually grow. Depending on the weather, it could be weeks before you can even start working in the beds.
As soon as you see a few sprouts however, you can start thinning them out. Just grab every third one by the base and pull upward. Thinning like this prevents the plants from competing with each other for nutrients and sunlight so they’ll grow bigger.
As the plants get bigger you’ll need to fertilize them by sprinkling some fish emulsion or some other organic fertilizer around the base of each one. You can also give them a drink by watering it in well.
Don’t let the dirt dry out.
When the plants are about a foot high, it’s time to staking them. Just push a piece of wood into the ground beside the plant and weave some wire around it to hold it in place.
Then loosely tie the plant to it so that it can grow up towards the sun, but not so tight that it will be stretched out.
You should also spread a little more fertilizer around the base of the plants at this point.
By the time your plants have grown large enough to flower, you should be able to start harvesting them. Depending on what you planted, this can take anywhere from a couple of months to half a year so you’ll have plenty of time to think about what you’re going to do with your great crop!
Now I know what you’re thinking, there’s no way you’re going to spend your time collecting a bunch of animal droppings. Well believe it or not farmers used to do it all the time and they still do it in some parts of the world because it’s a great way to get things to grow!
People have been using animal manure to help their gardens grow for thousands of years.
Sources & references used in this article:
Peaches, plums, and nectarines: Growing and handling for fresh market by JH LaRue – 1989 – books.google.com
Genetic Transformation in Prunus persica (Peach) and Prunus domestica (Plum) by R Scorza, FA Hammerschlag, TW Zimmerman… – Plant protoplasts and …, 1995 – Springer
Stories for Children by L Tolstoy – 2017 – books.google.com
Seeds of woody plants in the United States by CS Schopmeyer – 1974 – books.google.com