Thursday, August 15, 2013
Planting a WIld Pulm Tree, grown from seed.
This wild plum tree was started from seed last summer. It's now about 4 feet tall. I'm impressed by the rapid growth. I waited until I had a chance to build a deer cage, before planting it.
This may need a pollinator. I have 3 smaller specimens, started at the same time. The plan is to plant at least one nearby.
I read that the leaves are a deer favorite. So it is caged.
I don't know if these will serve as pollinators for my domesticated plums. It's worth a try.
At this size, maybe it will bear in another season or two or three. I would like that.
I like growing from seeds, for the genetic diversity and wondering what I will get. I know they may or may not be good. Since these are selections of wild plums, not hybrids, they may be more predictable compared to domesticated varieties.
Others were planted directly outside in potting soil. Those grew more slowly, but they did grow. They grew late summer 2012. Not all of the seeds grew. Maybe half.
This Spring the trees grew rapidly. I potted up as needed, in general purpose organic potting soil. They've been at the Battleground place for about one month.