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Plum planting

Posted by canadianplant Ontario zone 4 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 24, 12 at 13:06

THe Toka plum I purchased finally got a good haircut. My neighbor gladly helped me (in exchange for me digging over his garden bed ) as the tree was grown quite odd.

The thing is, he suggested that I plant the tree a foot DEEPER then it is in the pot. Yes, it is grafted, roughly 5 cm above the soil line. Toka plum are said to be hardy to zone 4, and even zone 3, so I dont see any reason why I should plant it so deep.

I could also see his reasoning, because his trees arent grafted. Im pretty sure if I planted it that deep, ill be surrounded by shoots from above the graft right?

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RE: Plum planting

Is the plum grafted on dwarfing rootstock or standard rootstock?

Graft referencing the point where the rootstock and scion meet.

If it is on dwarfing rootstock then you plan to limit the height of the plant so plant the graft 2-4 inches above the soil.

If it is on standard rootstock plant the graft 2-4 inches deeper than the ground level.

RE: Plum planting

The tag says 12 - 14ft - that sounds like semi dwarf to me (there is no specific reference as to dwarf/semi/standard).

According to the ontario government website, the standard for plum root stocks in Ontario is Myrobalan B (My tree was grown in southern ontario). This is a semi dwarf from what I can read.

So, Im assuming, that my neighbor is thinking of old grafting, rather then the semi dwarf. I dont want my tree to loose the benefits of the root stock.

RE: Plum planting

The only reason to plant it that deep would be to have it go own root. But planting it deep will slow down the tree and it isn't very good for it. And there isn't any reason to assume the rootstock wouldn't be hardy.

RE: Plum planting

Will toka grow roots?...If it doesn't' I would plant as is, otherwise the tree could be flopping around in the hole with no roots and might rot?

RE: Plum planting

Thanks athenainwi and Konrad (again :D). My neighbor is extremely knowledgeable, but I had to double check him on this one. My first instinct was to plant it at the same level as in the pot, plus some good compost and or mulch.

I read that japanese plums can be suffocated if planted too deep. So yes, I would assume it would rot. His prunign advice is second to none though. Pruned it up in a minute.

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