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Plum Laetitia Grafted

R165.00

Prunus domestica ‘Leatitia’

 

Laetitia Plum tree requires Songold to cross pollinate it, in order to bear fruit.

Plum trees are not difficult to grow as long as you plant them according to their requirements below. It is advisable to cross pollinate your plum trees which will require a different variety that blossoms at the same time.

Plums are sweet and juicy, with a red-purple skin and orange flesh. They contain more than 15 vitamins and minerals. When they are dried, they’re called prunes, which are actually higher in vitamins B and K, fibre, and calories. They contribute to an efficient digestive system, may lower blood sugar, and are rich in antioxidants.

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Position – Plant a plum tree in full sun in a spot that is sheltered from the wind, if possible. It is frost-hardy but cannot tolerate very heavy frost.

 

Size – Your plum tree can grow to a height of about 5 metres when mature.

 

Soil Type – Plum trees prefer a soil with a pH that ranges from 5.5 to 6.5. The average garden soil is around 6.5 to 7. Add a bag of acid compost to the hole to bring the pH down a little.

 

Watering – After transplanting your tree, water it well and check every second day to ensure that the soil is wet. After about a week, reduce your watering to once a week in winter. In hot, dry summers, provide plenty of water.

 

Mulch – Place a thick layer of pine bark mulch around the tree to help with water retention. This will decompose and maintain the soil acidity. Be careful not to let it touch the trunk, though, as it can cause infection and rot. Mulch your plum tree every 3 to 4 months.

 

Fertilising – Well-aged manure is a great fertiliser to use for the first year or 2. If this is difficult to find, then visit your local nursery for assistance in using the correct fertiliser.

 

Pruning – Pruning increases the fruit yield and makes for a healthier tree. Young plums are generally pruned in early spring, before the buds start.  In September, cut back the dry twigs just above a bud. Once your tree is established, it’s important to prune only branches that have not produced fruit in that year. Remove all dead wood and dispose of it. Trim all side shoots to 6 leaves from their parent branch to encourage fruiting next year.

Harvesting – From the time of the blossoms, plums take 3 to 4 months to ripen. They will go from being hard and green to purple and relatively soft. They will stay ripe on the tree for about 2 weeks, after which they’ll be overripe and will fall onto the ground.

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