Plums! They’re ready to pick from late August to early September in most regions. Ever thought about growing plums? Less demanding than most fruit trees, plums are a great choice for beginner gardeners. They’re compact and prolific producers and add beauty to your backyard. Plus, plums are delicious cooked in jams and cakes or eaten right out of hand!
Choosing a Plum Variety
- It’s important to choose a type of plum that will work with your location. There are three major categories of plum trees: European, Japanese, and American hybrids. The hardy European types work in most regions across the U.S., whereas the Japanese types flourish where peach trees thrive (warmer regions, generally). American hybrids are typically the hardiest of the plums, with some varieties being able to survive as far north as Zone 3.
- European plums are generally self-fertile, but Japanese and American hybrid plums typically need to cross-pollinate with a second variety for cross-pollination. So, if you have space for only one tree, go with a European plum.
- Order bare-root, rather than potted trees, if possible. A well-established tree will yield up to 2 bushels of plums.