Growing Plum Trees From Pits

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November 9, 2006

Plums growing on treeI hate throwing anything away that has a good use, but I may have outdone myself this time. We had some really good plums for the first time from a new tree this year. I juiced a lot of them and then cut some up to dry. They dried beautifully! We're looking forward to some plum bread.


But I looked at all those pretty little pits and wondered what could be done with them. After all, each one is a living seed. I found a large flower pot that had once held petunias, and spread the pits from one side to another. Then I covered them with rich compost and watered them well. I left them outside so they could get the benefit of winter freezing (seed specialists call this scarifying).

In the spring, they will sprout, and I will transplant each into a large Styrofoam cup. I'm saving them now. My husband, the gardener, says they should be two years old before I try to sell them. That gives me plenty of time to prepare for one super yard sale.

A year from August, there will be jams and jellies, pies, crafts, and aloe vera plants to go with my little plum trees. I should be able to ask $1.50 or $2.00 for each tree, depending on how they look. I'm so excited!

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September 27, 2011

When planting plum pits do you break the shell off and take the seed out to plant or do you plant the whole thing? Please help.

By Michael


September 30, 20110 found this helpful

Plant the whole thing.

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