Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
I live out in Magna and I was wondering if it's feasable and/or successful to attempt to grow a plum tree from a seed? When should I start?
Rate This FAQ
Sure, it's possible to grow a plum tree from a seed (pit) in Magna and any other part of Utah. Like most fruit tree seeds, plum seeds are physiologically dormant and need a period of moist chilling before they will germinate (this mimics winter - the seed waits until spring to start growing). You can either save the seed and plant it outdoors later this year, marking the spot and protecting it from squirrels or other pests. The seed will start growing next spring.
Or, you can trick the seed by putting it into a bag of moistened peat moss and then into the refrigerator (allow some aeration by opening the bag and/or changing the peat moss every week or so)for about 2 or 3 months. You'll want to plant the "tricked" seeds in pots because they may just get started growing and then be hit by a frost or freeze outdoors - not enough time to get roots going and grow strong enough to survive winter.
Many people have trees growing in their compost heaps every spring - I have a volunteer Prunus sp. in my garden where I did some trench composting. I think it's an apricot but I'm not really sure - I'm letting it grow another year and then I'll move it to a better location this winter or early next spring.
It's fun to grow trees from seed, but realize that the genetics of the seed are different from the parent tree (unless it's a self-fertile variety), so the fruit it eventually bears is different than the fruit that once surrounded that seed. But of course that's part of the fun - to see what you get!
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- What is the proper time to fertilize fruit trees? Also, is there only one appropriate time of year to prune fruit trees?
- Our bosic pear tree bears lots of sweet juicy fruit however they have an area around the core that seems to be gritty which makes canning difficult after cutting that part of the fruit out there isn't much left. How can we correct this problem with out fruit.
- I have a peach tree that I want to save - it's almost completely dead because of borers. There are some healthy branches on it still, and I'm wondering about the possibility of grafting some of this stock onto another peach tree I have. Where can I find out how to do this?
- When is the proper time to apply dormant spray? And If I use dormant spray do I still need to spray later in the season. I have apples, pears, peaches, apricots. Also will dormant spray help with the Japanese beetle?
- Do you have an email list I can subscribe to that informs me when to spray my fruit trees?
- I have been spraying Captan on my fruit trees for several years. This year I discovered at IFA that Captan is no longer allowed, so I purchased malathion (57%). Is there any problem spraying the malathion over the Captan? It has been three weeks since the last spray of Captan. I'd like to spray tomorrow (7/30), so it would be helpful to know as soon as possible.
- My wife and I just planted an Autumn Blaze Maple at our home in Syracuse. Do you have any advice for caring for this particular tree? Both in the long term and short term?
- Can you plant ONE apple tree and get fruit? Everyone says you have to plant two different varieties, but I only have room for one tree.