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Plum Trees

Southern Plums

Plums are very well adapted to our Florida climate. Many areas of North Florida still have old thickets of plums growing in the wild. The ones we offer here are large, high quality fruits like you’ll find in your finest fruit markets.

Plums come in a wild array of flavors, shapes, sizes and colors. In the South, by carefully choosing varieties that ripen at different times, it’s possible to have ripe homegrown plums all summer long. We’re also adding some ornamental plums for folks that want the flowers and foliage, but not the fruit.

Plums need good cross-pollination. Even plums that are considered self-pollinating will bear larger and more consistent fruit crops with a pollinator. Remember that who pollinates who depends on your chill hours. If you are uncertain about your chill hours, contact your County Cooperative Extension Agent or check out the University of Florida IFAS chill hours map by clicking here.

Peaches, Plums and Nectarines, Oh My!

WHERE SHOULD I PLANT THEM? Peaches, plums and nectarines prefer well-drained soils and part to full sun.

ROOT STOCK Peaches, plums and nectarines are highly susceptible to nematodes in the Deep South, especially in sandy soils. Nemagard or Guardian are the preferred rootstocks as they offer resistance to the pesky little worms. Our trees for Zone 8 are grafted on Nemaguard while the tropical plums are grafted onto Guardian. All plums require a pollinator.

FERTILIZER These guys are ferocious feeders so it really pays to do a light application of manure and hay in the spring. Then side dress with a balanced fertilizer high in trace elements in February, May and July.

«Not sure what to do with Plum Trees or how to grow them? Click here for Just the Facts on planting and care.

«Click here for the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for your area.

Plum Trees - Plum Varieties – 350 to 650 chill hours

Buying and Growing Tips.. 

There are so many great varieties to choose from. To get plums ripening all summer long, choose varieties that ripen at different times on the season. Be sure to match up your pollinators by getting two varieties that require close to the same chill hours.

Plum Trees - TROPICAL PLUM – 150 to 350 chill hours

Buying and Growing Tips… 

Buying plum trees for tropical climates can be tough, make sure you get your trees grafted on the correct root stock. Be sure to plant the trees within 20 foot of another plum of the same chill hour to insure good fruit set.

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