Position – Plant a plumcot tree in full sun in a spot sheltered from the wind, if possible. It is frost-hardy but cannot tolerate very heavy frost.
Size – Your plumcot tree can grow to about 4 metres tall when mature.
Soil Type – Plumcot trees prefer 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 bring the pH down a little.
Watering – After transplanting your tree, water it well and check every second day to ensure 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 thick pine bark mulch around the tree to help with water retention. Thie mulch 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 an excellent fertiliser for the first year or two. If this is difficult to find, visit your local nursery for assistance 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 – Plums take 3 to 4 months to ripen after blossoms appear. They will go from being hard and green to purple and relatively soft. They will stay ripe on the tree for about two weeks, after which they’ll be overripe and fall to the ground.