From the small core to the fruit tree: pull plums yourself

From the small core to the fruit tree: pull plums yourself

First steps

After enjoying a ripe plum, remove the core of the stone. The bowl can be opened with a hammer. Store the core in the freezer for about 3 to 4 days. This makes cracking easier. With the help of an exposed core, the plant germinates faster.

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Cover the plum core with about two centimeters of soil. A small flower pot is enough for cultivation. A mixture of potting soil and soil in a ratio of 50:50 is suitable as a substrate. The latter comes from the future location.

Cold storage

Plums are cold germs. You need consistently low temperatures for around eight weeks.

  • Temperature: 4.5 to 10 degrees Celsius
  • 4.5 to 5.5 degrees Celsius over a longer period of time are more ideal.
  • Winter: sheltered place in the garden
  • Summer: store the flower pot in the refrigerator for one to two weeks.
  • Alternatively, three to five layers of damp kitchen paper are suitable for germination. In this way you ensure winter conditions. Regular control of the seeds is recommended. As soon as the first seedlings appear, they will thrive in the flower pot at room temperature.

Strong seedling

If you put the seeds in the ground in winter, a small seedling will stick its head through the ground in early spring. It needs constantly moist soil and plenty of light. After the last frost, the plant is moved to its future location in the garden.

Harvest your own fruits

Even grown plum trees delight with a rich harvest when they are grafted. You need a lot of patience for this. The first fruits are five to ten years away.

Tips & Tricks

The core of an old, robust plum variety or from organic horticulture is suitable for cultivation. If the mother plant is not grafted, plum trees can be grown from shoots.