Growing Plums (From Seed)

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Old 08-17-06, 12:38 PM
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Growing Plums (From Seed)

How can I get plum pits to grow? Do I plant it in it's hard shell or do I remove the shell? What type of soil does it need? How large does the tree come?

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Old 08-17-06, 01:03 PM
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Many of today's plum varieties are grafted onto rootstock like hybrid roses. This is done to grow different varieties of plums on a more resistant to disease. Because they are hybrids, you can't grow a good fruiting plum tree from a seed.

If you want to grow a good fruit bearing plum tree, check with your local Cooperative Extension Service Agent for varieties recommended for your area. You will want a disease resistant variety of a size at maturity that will fit in your landscape. Plums prefer rich soil. Trees are best planted in winter when dormant. If properly cared for, you can expect plums in 3-4 years.

If you want to grow a plum tree from seed from a hybrid tree, you will likely get the same tree but the fruit, because it is a hybrid, will not be the same fruit that you found to be so delicious. Plant seeds after first hard frost about four inches deep. Winter moisture and freeze should crack the seeds. Let plants grow one year and then transplant the next spring.
 
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