Plums: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Plum blog post
Although you will need to wait a few years until it gives you fruit, the plum tree is well worth the wait. The taste of a fresh plum off the tree is no comparison to others! There are many varieties of plums and they have different temperaments for your climate. The best zones to grow plum trees in are USDA Zones 3-8. This blog post talks about how you can grow your own plums with our free From Seed to Spoon mobile app!

How to Grow:

It is best to plant fruit trees after your last spring frost. You can also plant 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Dig a hole that is a few inches bigger than your pot the plum tree has come in. Plant your pear trees apart by 10-20 feet in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water your plum tree regularly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

ChamomileNasturtiumsTomatoes (Bush & Vine)
GarlicSummer Savory 

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for plums:

Learn more about how to manage pests and attract beneficial insects in our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App!


Plum trees will begin to produce fruit in 4-6 years. Leave plums on the tree until they start to feel soft. They should come off the tree with only a slight twist and pull of the fruit.

Cooking & Eating!

Plums fresh off the tree are my absolute favorite! You can store them in the refrigerator for a couple weeks. They are fantastic simply fresh, or included in jams or pies!


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4 thoughts on “Plums: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

  1. Prunes used to be the main crop in the orchards around Campbell, and grew elsewhere in the Santa Clara Valley. The prune blossom is the Town Flower of Campbell now. Prune trees are now rather rare, but plums are popular in home gardens.

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