How to Plant Plum Seeds


Plum trees are an ideal addition to any garden or landscape, for their delicious fruit, ample shade and fragrant blossoms. Many varieties of plum trees exist, with fruit colored from deep purple to orange. You can keep the trees small by pruning, but plum trees that grow in the wild can grow up to 20 feet tall. Planting plum trees from seeds takes few materials, but undoubtedly some time and patience.

Step 1

Obtain plum trees either by the fruit, or purchase them from a local nursery or online. Ideally, collect plum seeds from local plums. Wash them carefully and let them dry for at least a week.

Step 2

Find a place to plant the plum seeds. It needs to be in a sunny location that gets at least 5 hours of sun per day. It also needs to be well-drained with loamy soil.

Step 3

Use a shovel or till to loosen up the soil in the planting area around 12 inches deep. Remove any dirt clods, loose roots or rocks. Plant the plum seed about 4 inches below the surface after the last frost has passed.

Step 4

Water immediately after planting with a sprinkler. For the first week, water the seeded area for 5-10 minutes in the morning, and at night. After the first week, water for around 10 minutes in the morning every other day for 2-3 weeks.

Step 5

Reduce watering to twice a week after the first month, unless weather conditions are severely hot. You want the soil to be moist but not soaked or puddling water.

Step 6

Protect the plum seed by building a dome with chicken wire, secured to the ground with wooden stakes. The purpose of this is to protect the seed from being dug up by foraging animals. The plum tree should sprout within the first month.

Step 7

Keep the wire mesh dome in place until the tree is at least 6 inches tall.

Things You'll Need

  • Plum seeds
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Till
  • Water
  • Chicken wire
  • Wooden stakes


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