4 curious facts about the plum

The plum tree is one of the most cultivated fruit trees for several centuries in temperate climates. Its adult size, barely 6 meters tall, and the speed with which it recovers from pruning make it a more than interesting plant to have in all kinds of gardens, even small ones.

Below I am going to tell you 4 curious facts about this magnificent tree that you may not have known and that can help you take even better care of it.


  • 1 1.- Two seeds grow in plums
  • 2 2.- It can be planted in any type of soil
  • 3 3.- You need to be paid frequently
  • 4 4.- You will know when you should collect the plums just by shaking the tree

1.- Two seeds grow in plums

Prunus domestica

When we are eating a delicious plum after dinner, we always find a seed. But… did you know that, in reality, there were two? It is something that often happens to these trees: two grow, but one ends up aborting , either because it does not receive the amount of water it needs, because it does not resist cultivation conditions as well as the other, or because of genetic problems.

2.- It can be planted in any type of soil

That’s how it is. The plum tree is not at all demanding in terms of soil , so much so that it can grow in limestone and compact soils without any inconvenience. In addition, as it has superficial roots, it develops better than any other in shallow soils.

By the way, if you want to have more than one tree, you must leave a minimum distance of 3 meters between them.

3.- You need to be paid frequently

One of the main problems it has is that its roots do not find enough calcium and magnesium in the soil that it needs to grow. For this reason, it is recommended to fertilize during the spring and summer with fertilizers rich in these two minerals, but not using chemical fertilizers, because we cannot forget that it is a tree whose fruits are edible, but with organic ones , such as manure . of animals, or with algae extract fertilizer (important not to abuse, as it is very alkaline).

4.- You will know when you should collect the plums just by shaking the tree


It’s easy, right? By lightly shaking the plum tree, you will know when its fruits are ready: if any of them fall, you can celebrate the beginning of the season 

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