Planting Plum Trees

Planting Plum Trees

We just finished planting plum trees in our orchard, and we’re already dreaming of biting into a homegrown juicy plum in a few months! Our friend, who has several large plum trees in his backyard, generously offered us some saplings to plant in our small orchard. This opportunity allowed us to expand our orchard without the expense of buying trees at a nursery.

Choosing the Perfect Spot for Plum Trees

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One of the key factors in successfully planting plum trees is ensuring they have access to full sun. Fortunately, our orchard sits on the north side of our house with no obstructions blocking the sunlight. We decided to continue the pattern set by the previous owner and planted our plum trees in line with the pear, apple, and apricot trees, spaced about fifteen feet apart.

Digging the Holes and Planting the Trees

With the soil being soft and easy to dig during this time of the year, my husband quickly dug five holes, each about a foot deep and a foot and a half in diameter. Since our trees were dug from the ground and not from a nursery, they didn’t have a big root ball. To ensure the roots could spread out and not be cramped, we made sure each hole was large enough. After watering the holes, we back-filled them with the dug-out dirt.

Staking the Saplings for Stability

After watering the newly planted saplings, we noticed that they started leaning a bit. Given the gusty winds in our area, this leaning could become more significant in the future. To ensure our plum trees grow straight and tall, my husband decided to stake them. Using a sturdy piece of scrap wood (3″ x 1″), he hammered it into the soft ground and used a zip tie to secure the tree to the wood stake. It was a simple and cost-effective solution that did the trick.

Planting Plum Trees

Caring for the Plum Trees

Now that our plum trees are planted, our focus is on watering them regularly and watching them grow. We anticipate that some trees may produce a few plums this summer, while others may take longer to reach maturity. As we envision our orchard in the future, we plan to add more fruit trees, such as apple and cherry trees, to complement the plum trees. These trees will not only provide us with an abundance of fruit to enjoy and preserve, but they will also offer shade and beautiful spring flowers that our honeybees will love.

Let’s cultivate our love for gardening and create a beautiful orchard together. For more helpful gardening tips and information, visit Tips Tree Planting.

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