How to Plant Plums


Plum trees are an ideal addition to any landscape or garden because of the beautiful appearance and the delicious harvest that the tree provides. Plums can be used for many things, from jams, to pies, to fresh salads. There are many varieties of plum trees, from deep purple to orange. The trees stay relatively small, but can grow to over 20 feet with no pruning. There are some key things to keep in mind when planting plum trees.

Step 1

Choose your plum tree variety from a local gardening store or nursery. Pick a tree that comes in a container. These are more simple to plant and require less maintenance. Plant plum trees in the fall.

Step 2

Soak the plum tree roots in the container or in a bucket for twenty-four hours before planting. This helps because plum trees are often sold bare-rooted, which means that the roots are fully exposed.

Step 3

Prepare the soil. It needs to be well-draining soil that can hold lots of moisture during the growing season. Make sure your soil is not alkaline, and add lime in order to balance it out if necessary.

Step 4

Dig a hole with a shovel that is about the same size as the roots of the plum tree. Set the tree into the hole, then backfill the soil down around the roots, packing it in solidly. Fill in any voids with more soil, and water it thoroughly so that the planting area is soaked.

Step 5

Mulch around the planting area with a two inch layer of compost. Top this with another two inches of straw mulch.

Things You'll Need

  • Plum tree
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Soil
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Straw mulch


  • Caring for Plum Trees
  • Planting Plums
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Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.