Monday, July 2, 2012

...and pulled out a plum.

We have a plum tree in our backyard. It was here when we moved in. But it wasn't until last summer that we actually gave the tree some attention. We trimmed it a bit (they can grow pretty crazy!) and made sure it got some water.

The other day Ian climbed the tree and harvested a bowl full of plums. All but one have been eaten. They aren't the tastiest, but they are definitely edible. (And very pretty to photograph...;)

Do any of you grow plums?
Do you have any advice for ways to make the fruit sweeter?
Anything I need to add to the soil?

I know nothing about plums, or fruit trees in general, really.
So any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Denise said...

um, slightly...

Jennifer said...

my friend didn't have enough peaches for her pie so she added a few plums, she said the combination was very pretty and tasty too!

Heather said...

Came over on a reccie post from Mavis on One Hundred Dollers. You would feed your plum tree like you would most of the other stone fruits, a mature 30' tree gets about 1 actual pound of nitrogen per year total if you're measuring it from a mixed-source fertilizer such as 10-10-10 (those numbers on the fertilizer bags are %s). With compost, I've found they're just fine with having a raw open-bottom compost heap running right inside their dripline, and tolerate very heavy wet soil all winter. They do like deep irrigations (like hose sprinkler running for a couple hours) about once a month on my heavy clay. I'm in NorCal also.
They aren't subject to fireblight due to too much N in the way young pear trees are, so you don't have to worry as much about overfeeding them. RE: pruning, as they get older the fruiting branches bend downward, so they tend to grow as a fountain, throwing up watersprouts in the center and fruiting branches drooping outward and growing less productive in five years or so, so those should be taken off now and then.