How to Plant a Plum Tree Seed


Plum trees can be planted from the seeds of ripe fruits and grow well in home gardens. Following fragrant blooms in early spring, plum trees flush with deep purple fruit from August to September. Their subtle tart flavor is perfect for use in pies, preserves and jams. Plum trees can reach over 30 feet in height and require careful pruning for manageable fruit production. Experiment with the fan, pyramid or bush structure of growth until you find the form that works best for you.

Step 1

Find a spacious area that receives eight or more hours of sunlight a day and has well-draining soil. Test your soil up to a year before planting and amend to a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5 for best results.

Step 2

Pull all weeds in the area to reduce competition for water and sunlight. As it can take up to a month for plum seeds to sprout, it is crucial they receive as much nutrients as possible.

Step 3

Loosen the top 6 inches of soil with a hand shovel. Mix in 50 percent compost or manure, and remove all large rocks and sticks.

Step 4

Push the plum seed into the soil no more than 2 inches below the surface. If planting more than one tree, separate seeds 15 to 20 feet apart.

Step 5

Water your plum seed by fully soaking the soil with an open hose. Continue to water your plum seed each day until seedling emerges then reduce watering to 2 to 3 times per week depending on rainfall. Once established, plum trees require approximately 1 inch of water per week.

Step 6

Protect your plum tree from animals by surrounding it with fencing or wire mesh. Leave enough room for your seedling to grow unobstructed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Plum trees do not tolerate freezing temperatures and seeds should only be planted well after the threat of frost has past. Plum trees may take several years to mature and produce fruit.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand shovel
  • Compost
  • Plum seed
  • Water
  • Fencing


  • University of Florida: Growing Plums in Florida
  • Garden Action: Plum Tree Care
  • Walter Reeves: Plum
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Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.