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Wickson Plum Tree

R195.00

Prunus salicina ‘Wickson’

The Wickson plum is a Japanese plum tree variety. The fruit are large heart shaped with a greenish-yellow outer skin. The flesh is a translucent colour and very sweet.

Japanese plum trees have a wider spread than European Plum trees, as the fruits also tend to be larger and juicier. Warm winter climates are not suitable for growing plum trees, and they do require cold winter locations.

The Wickson Plum tree needs another variety of Japanese plum trees for cross-pollination. The Angeleno and Santa Rosa work well as pollinizer varieties for the Wickson.

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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. Alternatively, use our slow-release nitrogen-rich all plant fertiliser.  Apply 1 teaspoon every 4-5 months.

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 to the ground.

Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 20 × 20 × 150 cm
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Length

15

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15

Height

100

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