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Can plum trees be grown from cuttings?

Posted by aleksandar 8a BC (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 6, 08 at 0:46

I would like to propagate an old prune plum tree and am searching for the best method to do so. Growing from seed seems slow and not guaranteed to produce true to type. Is it possible to take a cutting to create a new tree? Any advice on how and when this should be done would be great.

Thanks,

Alex


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RE: Can plum trees be grown from cuttings?

Alex, plums are very difficult if not impossible to propagate from cuttings. You need to graft it to propagate it. Fortunately plums are one of the easier fruits to graft. Read up on it and feel free to ask questions here.

Scott


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Scott,

Thanks for the tip. It will save me some time and effort, but now I will have to learn how to graft.

Alex


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Grafting (and budding)is great fun. Every time I wonder how it could grow, and I feel a sense of wonder when they do grow. (of course not all of them grow, but quite a few do.) You will find it addicting. Raintree carries roostocks, but I don't know if you can buy from them in Canada. See if you can find a Canadian supplier. Or you can find and dig up a sucker from another plum tree for a rootstock, but it may not be at all dwarfing. Krymsk 1 and Marianna are a couple of good semi dwarfing rootstocks that can be kept at a reasonable height (10-12 feet) by pruning to a vase shape if you can get them.

You can do budding this summer in early to mid August. I am in Washington State north of Seattle, so your time for budding is pretty close to mine. Try to get some rootstocks as soon as you can. You can plant them in a nursery row until you see which ones "take". Do 2 or 3 so that even if they don't all grow you will probably get at lease one.


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RE: Can plum trees be grown from cuttings?

it really depends on teh type of plum tree too. i don't know what kind mine are, but i can tell you that all you do is cut off a branch, stick it int eh ground, and water it and before long you have a new tree. the old man who used to own the house did it all the time for folks. one neighbor came by recently and got a couple cuttings for his daughter's house. he said so far, about 6 weeks later, they are growing just fine!

mine like to spread so easily that i cut down new growth trees all over my yard each week. the birds keep stealing the plums, and where they drop one a new tree comes up in no time!


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  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 10, 08 at 14:34

Try inserting current season's growth into soft ground in shade during September.


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RE: Can plum trees be grown from cuttings?

I've got some pruned off Fellemberg plum branches growing under the tree since April. I haven't check for any roots yet but the leaves are doing fine.


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Thanks for the tips. The plum in question is a very productive prune type that is one of the sweetest I have ever tasted. The tree has been around for decades. I'll give the cutting method a try for now until I can get some rootstock and learn how to graft properly.

Alex


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RE: Can plum trees be grown from cuttings?

Along with Raintree Nursery, One Green World sells rootstocks as well. Depending what your soil type and desired size of tree are, one or the other will probably work for you. The problem with growing from cuttings is that the parent tree may be on a rootstock that is adapted to your soil whereas whatever type of tree you are propagating from the cutting may not be.

Here are two link for how to graft fruit trees:

http://www.davewilson.com/video/diy_1.html
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2325345859188922289#


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Plums are a diverse group. Many related fruits are nearly impossible to root - like apples. Some plums, however are pretty easy, and some are like apples, nearly impossible. Unless you know the variety you, can't tell if rooting will work. Have a go though. Take cuttings after dormancy (late fall) to late winter. Then propagate like any cutting (hardwood) - lots of info out there (don't overdo the rooting powder - dip and shake off excess as too much sometimes inhibits rooting!). You can root a bunch in a very small space - and do this as you might have only marginal success... I've had great success in a greenhouse mist bench (lots of humidity and bottom heat) in mid winter with all sorts of species. Try to recreate this in your house. Heat, humidity, and light (once leafed out) are paramount. You CAN store the dormant cuttings wrapped in moist paper, and in a plastic bag (partly open to let in some oxygen) in the fridge till spring too. I've even buried cuttings under the snow and had success! If this does not work you can graft - you just need a rootstock (best not to use a root-suckering type).


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RE: Can plum trees be grown from cuttings?

"prune plum" = European plum

http://deepgreenpermaculture.com/diy-instructions/propagating-hardwood-cuttings/


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