How to Prune Plum Trees


A plum tree is a great addition to a garden if you love the fruits, and also want the beautiful and aromatic blooms. They can take some care and patience, however. It is important to prune the plum tree correctly in order to produce continuous fruit. The ideal time to prune the plum tree is June.

Step 1

Use the pruning shears to cut off any branches that look dead, sick or dying.

Step 2

Leave a bud after each cut, especially if the plum tree is young. Cut it just above the bud, then remove the very top bud. There should always be a couple of buds left on the branch.

Step 3

Use a spray sealant on any branch you cut that was thicker than 2 inches in order to help it heal correctly and prevent bugs or disease from injuring the plum tree.

Step 4

Prune the plum tree differently during the second year. Use the shears to prune 2 1/2 feet from the bottom bud on the main branch, then on all the rest of the branches prune about 10 inches up from the first bud. When you trim them, go from the first bottom bud the specific length up the branch, then trim right before the closest bud to that point.

Step 5

Continue this pruning procedure each year for maximum fruit production and to make your plum tree very healthy.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy duty work gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Spray sealant


  • Caring for Plum Trees
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