I had the fortune of visiting one of the local amusement parks and was given a plum to sample for the first time. It was amazing! I now have the seeds and am wondering if I can grow my own tree. Now, I have read up and know that it can be difficult to get seeds from this species to grow AND that once they do it could be years before it comes mature enough to bare fruit. But I was wondering what steps I might take to see if I could get a seed to succeed. What type of soil? What type of light is needed?
I grew some from seeds several years ago. I planted them in containers and had almost given up on them. When I started to dump out the pots of soil, I noticed they had begun germinatint. It must have taken about 3-4 months. I gave my mom one and it is now about 12 feet tall.
I have a bunch of them, germinated from seed. It does matter how old it is, the fresher the better. I peeled and planted. 100 percent up in just over a month (fresh-is the key)
I also have two that are now 4 years old and one already flowered and bore fruit last winter. It is about 8 feet tall. The other is shorter, and I hope it will bear this year. Give them lots of perlite
in the seedling mixture, they don't like damp roots and will rot if you overwater. Whiteflies like them too, so give them an airy space. Watch out for aphids, look underneath new leaves every day and blast with water if you find any. I notice the yellow aphids are the most attracted, at least here in Fl.
edit: Mine love fertilizer. I started fertilizing them when moved up to a 4 inch pot.
Also, a neat thing about them is they have a shallow root base-no tap root. I like that as they can easily be used in large container gardens, or if you forget and
leave in a pot too long, you don't have to worry about damage to a taproot. :)
Here's a picture of the one that bloomed last year. They tend to grow shrubby. If you want a tree shape, keep plucking off the lower branches
that will grow close to the ground. If they are in shade, they will still bloom, but the leaves get huge and dark green, like this one. The leaves also make great tea!!!
Whew, I feel like I just wrote an essay, lol
Ibartoo, Yes, from root rot. When they're young, they like to be kept just barely moist. (learned the hard way) After they completely absorb the
food/seedpod that the root is growing out of, you can start to fertilize lightly until you are fertilizing once a month-strong.
Remember, if the soil is too moist, soil fungi set in, and the fungus knats. These seedlings are delicate at first, and get stronger with age.
After they 'grow up' they love being watered. I have to water mine every day, (adults) because we have no real soil to speak of here in Florida,
and the tops will slightly wilt if their feet aren't moist. Note::THEY HATE BEING TRANSPLANTED-grow in peat pots and don't disturb roots when moving to larger pot or
in ground!!! I can't stress this enough! And use superthrive when moving, and when babies.
edit: Do you have any now? I'll do a trade with you for a camellia :)