Planting and Caring for Plum Trees
Who does not enjoy the delectable soft juicy taste of a ripe plum? The tangy sweet taste and the juices bursting with flavor are an ideal snack to be enjoyed at just about any time. However, as with all fruits, plums too need to be fresh to give that great ‘kick’ that makes this fruit such a truly scrumptious treat.
And as far as freshness goes, just what could possibly be more fresh then to simply pluck the ripe fruit right off the tree whenever you crave for it?
As a rule, plum trees are a really great choice for the amateur gardener who is new to the gardening as a whole but wants to grow a comparatively hassle free fruit tree.
For such people, plum trees are ideal because they are quite widely adapted to various soil conditions and tend to be relatively compact when compared to many other trees. They also require considerably less care and hard work than the vast majority of fruit trees out there. Add to that the fact that apart from the perfectly exquisite taste of a ripe and sweet plum, the tree itself also adds a lot of beauty to just about any garden in which it is planted.
If you have fertile soil (simply look around and check the different vegetation in and around your garden or yard), the odds are that you would be able to plant a highly productive plum tree with relative ease.
Steps in the planting process
It is important to soak the roots of the tree in a suitably large tub or jerry can full of water for between 60 to 120 minutes or so to ensure that its roots do not dry out while you are digging a hole to plant it in. One to two hours to keep its roots from drying while you dig. However, here it is important to point out that the roots should not be placed in water for more than six hours.
When immersing the roots in the water it is of critical importance to ensure that the water remains lukewarm at all times and does not freeze under any circumstances whatsoever.
Once you have successfully hydrated the plant, make sure that the hole that you have dug up is wide so that the entire root system has enough room to reach out and grow properly.
Once you are done with the planting process, simply create a two-inch rim all around the plum tree. This will help ensure that there is adequate water all around the tree and its roots can soak in the same. However, in areas where temperatures fall below freezing, it is advisable to spread the soil and turn it every now and then, to ensure that the water does not freeze around the fast-growing tree.
Once your tree is growing well, check it regularly for diseases and parasites so that it does not fall prey to either. Given time, if it has plenty of air, sunshine and water, the plum tree will mature and give fresh fruit right off the branch.