Plum Trees for Sale
Our sweet plum trees for sale make every backyard orchardist's dream come true! Grow fresh, juicy plums in your backyard or orchard that ripen in summer year after year. Our plum trees do not ship bare root and are rooted in a nursery container with soil to ensure the safety of the plum trees upon arrival. Enjoy plums from your tree, eaten fresh, in pies or cobblers, and used in preserves or jellies. They have a multitude of culinary uses!
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Plum Tree Varieties
Flowering plum trees Grow in a wide variety of planting sites and soil conditions. Different kinds of plum tree varieties require all types of full sun exposure. Make sure you pick the right variety for your space and planting site.
Some plum tree varieties are self pollinating but will produce a better crop if planted with other fruit trees for maximum cross pollination. The showy white plum flowers will entice pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and The Methley Plum is an excellent choice for the northern United States as it can grow fruitfully up to USDA plant hardiness zone 5. The Santa Rosa Plum is an excellent Japanese plum cultivar for sweet tasting fruit.
Planting Plum Trees & How to Grow a Plum Tree
When planting plum trees, be sure to choose a planting site that suits the plum tree's needs. Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Take the plum tree out of the nursery container and loosen up the root ball to prepare for being planted in the ground. Be sure to level out the top of the root ball with the ground level. Do not want the plum trees planted too deep. Backfill with native soil or amended soil such as our Fruit Tree Planting Mix to give the tree good quality, humus rich soil filled with nutrients to jumpstart their life in the ground. Water thoroughly the first few weeks of planting to establish a strong root system. Cover the root zone with mulch to help retain moisture.
Growing plum trees is easy as long as you give them the care they need. Plum trees prefer at least 6-8 hours of full sun, well draining soil that has been kept consistently moist during the active growing seasons of spring and summer. We recommend buying a grafted plum tree for best results as some plums grown by seed are not of the same quality as a grafted tree.
When to Plant Plum Trees & Where to plant
The best time to plant plum trees is in early spring or early fall so the tree can establish a root system before winter. Plant plum trees in well-drained soil and choose a planting location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight or full sun.
How Big Do Plum Trees Get
The standard plum tree height is from 15 to 20 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide. Semi dwarf plum trees, like the Santa Rosa Plum tree, grow to a height of 10 to 15 feet tall, making it perfect for small planting sites!
When Do Plum Trees Bloom, Produce fruit, & Pollination
All varieties of plums bloom in late winter to early spring when the temperatures are right. Plum tree fruit generally ripens in May through September, depending on species, cultivar and climate. Some plum tree varieties are self pollinating but will produce a better crop if planted with other fruit trees for maximum cross pollination.
When Do Plum Trees Bloom, Produce Fruit, & Fertilization
After flowering, the plum trees will produce fruit from early summer through early fall. The climate, variety, and species of each individual plum tree will determine the exact time the fruit is produced and ready to pick off the tree.
Fertilization will help plum trees produce more fruit. The best plum tree fertilizer is an all-purpose, slow release fertilizer to help feed the tree and enrich it with nutrients that may be missing in the soil. Fertilizing the plum tree should happen on a yearly basis.
If your plum tree is having trouble producing fruit, check out this blog post to troubleshoot.
Will Plums Ripen off the Tree
Once you pick plums off the tree, they will continue to ripen on the counter. Just like pears and nectarines, plums will give off ethylene gas as they soften and get ready to be eaten.
Plum Tree Care
How to Prune a Plum Tree
Pruning plum plants is important for the health and safety of the trees. Plan to prune the plum trees every year so they can grow to the optimum size and produce bushels of delicious plum fruit. Create an open center by pruning into a vase shape with 3-4 healthy, strong branches. This will allow for the proper air circulation and sunlight to hit the branches. Always prune plum plants before the buds have formed for spring or you risk cutting off that year's fruit. Pruning overgrown plum trees may seem like a daunting task but it is important to complete this task so your plum tree can perform properly.
When to Prune Plum Trees
The best time to prune plum trees is in late winter or early spring while the tree is still dormant. This will give you the best view of the branch structure as plums are deciduous trees and lose their leaves over winter.
How Long Do Plum Trees Live
Depending on the care and climate of the tree, plum trees can live anywhere from 10-20 years.
Plum Tree Diseases
Some common diseases that affect plum trees are brown rot, canker, leaf spot, or scale. Every fruit tree is susceptible to some form of pest or disease. The best way to mitigate these problems would be by providing proper care such as pruning, watering, mulching, and fertilizing at the right times. This will ensure your plum tree stays healthy and problem free. If something does begin to happen, take action immediately for the best results.