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Prunus domestica

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Belonging to the Prunus genus, Plum has a botanical name of Prunus domestica.

Producing a delicious fruit that can be eaten fresh or used in cooking for pies and crumbles, Plums are a good option for an edible garden. Plum trees are typically fairly tolerant of most conditions and can be grown as a container plant as they come in varieties that are quite compact in spread.

Remember to plant more than one if your variety is self-sterile – most plum tree varieties are self sterile.

The mature flowers take a clustered form, with an approximate petal count of 5.

Plum grows as a perennial and is a flowering edible fruit. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Normally grows with a tree habit.

Try planting Plum if you'd like to attract birds to your garden.

Popular varieties of Plum with home gardeners are Victoria, Italian Prune, Santa Rosa, green gage and Mount Royal.

Be aware that Plum typically needs a fair amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Pay attention to weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Plum have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Plum

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

A full sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Zone 5 to 7 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Planting Plum in loamy, clay and sandy soil with a ph of between 6.0 and 6.5 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Plum is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Plum to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Plum from seed

Transplanting Plum

As Plum is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

How long does Plum take to grow?

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Other names for Plum

European plum

Prunus x domestica

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