Plums are stonefruit and produce smooth hairless fruit with a single stone. For best results ask a local nursery for advice on choosing the best variety and rootstock for your garden. "F-6-2" is an almost black and slightly flat fruit.
Trees blossom in early September and the fruit ripen during the first weeks of February.
Sowing time - Winter(seed need cold stratification). Sowing depth - 3cm; Germination time - 1-3months. Seeds will not breed true to type and seedlings need to be grafted or budded.
Graft or bud cuttings of the chosen cultivar onto the desired seedling or rootstock.
Plums can be espaliered into interesting shapes and forms including hedgerows.
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Fruit is used fresh, juiced and preserved. Plums can also be used in cooking and baking. Plum blossom make an excellent tea.
Slugs and snails love new growth. Weevils or snout beetles will nibble little holes in the leaves and can also damage fruit - specially when the fruit is still young. The most common damaging pests are: red scale, thrips, codling moth, banded fruit weevil, American boll worm and fruitflies.