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Growing Plum Trees from Seed Naturally

 
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It's hard to beat a freshly picked plum, so perfectly sweet and tart, and so juicy that you have to eat it over the sink.

Have you wanted to try growing plum trees from seed and create your own new variety?

Then let's grow some plum trees together!

So why grow plums from seed when there are numerous "good" existing varieties?

Most of the modern plums aren't adapted to my particular climate and also aren't resistant to our local pests and diseases here. Most don't have hardy blossoms and are very susceptible to late frosts.

Growing plum trees from seed creates the possibility to create totally new types of plums that are more vigorous growers in your climate, more resistant to pests, and better match your specific taste preferences!

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The year before last, my oldest plum tree had a bumper crop of plums. A squirrel or some other critter was also enjoying a few of the plums, and dropped the seeds to the ground beneath the tree after eating some plums.

I noticed the numerous plum seeds on the ground as I was walking by, and quickly gathered up as many as I could find. I was working on another project that day that I was trying to finish up, so instead of diligently planting the plum seeds, I think I remember using a shovel to break up the soil in a nearby spot, and I may have made a slightly raised area. I pushed the seeds into the soil with my thumb, about an inch down, pressed the soil firmly on top of them, and may have covered it with a very light mulch. I may have spent ten minutes collecting and planting the seeds.

I was walking by this spot the other day, almost two years later, and had completely forgotten about the plum seeds that I had planted here previously. The area is now filled with numerous wild plants, and I was looking at another tree that I had planted nearby, when I noticed what looked like a patch of small trees growing. Upon looking closer, there leaves were just coming out, and I noticed that they looked like little plum trees. My mind flashed back to the memory almost two years ago, when I had planted the plum seeds here. There are about thirty plum seedlings growing in this area all close together. It's hard to beat getting about 30 plum seedlings with about 10 minutes of work.

Sometimes it's nice to be just plum surprised.
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One year old plum trees starting to leaf out
One year old plum trees starting to leaf out
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Lots of plum seedlings growing close together
Lots of plum seedlings growing close together
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More plums growing with a lot of other different plants
More plums growing with a lot of other different plants
 
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I constantly have to move new trees out of my plum groves. there was a massive green gauge plum which is a prolific and strong grower with very sweet fruit still looks green when ripe but is strongly cling stone. it has cross pollinated with a yellow plum which is more free stone so I am getting crosses that have the best combination. The oldest grove of Italian prune plumes is the least hardy the trees succumbing to disease after about three years but it keeps propagating from the roots.
 
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That's awesome that you're getting offspring with the best from both parents!

I've noticed that two of my plum seedlings have redder/darker leaves, which was really interesting.

I have some European plum trees, but they didn't flower this year, but hopefully they should next year. I'm really interested to see how the seedlings from them turn out.
 
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I put out a few Red Allegheny Plums, but no signs of them growing yet, as far as I can tell.
 
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This is the parent tree of my plum seedlings above.

It is worth growing just for its blooming fragrance alone. For about a full week, it emits a plum perfume aroma that fills the air and can be easily detected from far away.

It looks like it is going to produce a full crop of plums this year if the late frosts will hold off.
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Fragrant parent plum tree
Fragrant parent plum tree
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Plum flowers in full bloom
Plum flowers in full bloom
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Plum branches filled with flowers
Plum branches filled with flowers
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More plum flowers
More plum flowers
 
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When we bought this house there were 2 huge overgrown plum trees, one is a greengage the other is some form of small purple plum, both taste nice, There is also a yellow mirrabelle on the property but a bit further away, both had prolifically self seeded and some of the babies were also fruiting, We have cut down and removed every single one, they all had horrendous thorns up to 2 inch long all over themselves including on the trunk. All the fruit we got on those ware terribly sour, some were yellow some were green but none were worth talking about.

So my advice on growing plums, is plant them somewhere out of the way or in pots until you discover if you have thorned monstrosities or not. And it seems that the yellow from either the mirabelle or the greengage was dominant over the purple.
 
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