Planting plum trees: practical tips for hobby gardeners

Planting plum trees: practical tips for hobby gardeners

After a short time, young saplings thank you with a rich harvest. We explain the most important steps for the correct planting of plums. Find out what things to watch out for.

Choose the right location:

  • sunny
  • nutrient-rich (annual compost addition
  • constantly moist
  • Warning: no waterlogging


Before planting, shorten the roots a little. Abandoned copies are removed. This also applies to young shoots. The last bud of the shoot looks outwards. This supports sustainable growth.

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For the planting hole, calculate the size of the root ball plus an additional 15 centimeters on each side. The roots disappear completely in the hole and can be covered with sufficient soil. Lightly kick it down. A support pole provides additional support in windy regions.


Make sure that the grafting point is at least 15 centimeters above the ground.

Pull plums yourself

You can grow your own fruit trees from the core of fresh plums. Plum trees are cold germs. Use the winter months to grow small seedlings. As soon as the garden soil is frost-free, the plant will thrive in its future location. Old plum varieties can also be propagated using offshoots. This only applies to unrefined trees.

Planting time

During the vegetation break, you can plant the plum tree between autumn and early spring. A frost-free floor is a prerequisite. The specialist store also offers plums as container goods. You can plant them all year round.

Flowering time and harvest

Between April and May the plum tree delights with a wonderful bloom. Depending on the variety, the harvest takes place between July and September. Early plums are suitable for drying, freezing or pickling. Overripe or late fruits form an excellent basis for puree.

Use of substrate

The addition of compost supports the establishment of young roots. Additional fertilization during the first few years is not necessary.

Space requirement

Basically, fruit trees need a lot of space for sustainable growth. Inquire about the properties of the selected plum variety before buying it.

Rule of thumb:

The roots and the treetop are the same size.

Tips & Tricks

When buying a young sapling, look for a straight trunk. Strong roots reflect the plum's excellent health.


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