Hang wasp traps in trees and harvest crops as soon as they ripen. The Best Way to Plant a Plum Tree Planting Times. specially devoted to pruning both new and established plum trees for much more detail and some Propagating by plum tree cuttings is more reliable and produces a fruiting tree much sooner. Like all fruit trees, deer love to eat American plum trees' buds and leaves, while voles like to chew the young bark in the winter. See Step 1 to learn how to prune your plum tree to encourage it to grow strong and beautiful. than others. Soil preparation is best done a month or more before planting so that the soil has time to settle. It is usually worse in wet summers. Raspberries Mint, Parsley Join the RHS today and support our charitable work, Keep track of your plants with reminders & care tips – all to help you grow successfully, For the latest on RHS Shows in 2020 and 2021, read more, RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens, Free entry to RHS members at selected times », Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops, Our Garden Centres and online shops are packed with unique and thoughtful gifts and decorations to make your Christmas sparkle, General enquiries Polytunnels Then place the tree roots in the hole and start to For a bunch, plant trees 3-6 feet apart so that the branches are touching. the 1m height (unlikely) then prune to a higher point so that the buds are present. 1. Remove all rotten fruit as soon as you see it and destroy, this will prevent the spread of the rot. If they feel soft when gently squeezed, they are ripe. Asparagus If there are no buds below /* gardenfocused 300x250 BTF */ Because they can set such heavy crops, plums and gages, and to a lesser extent damsons, respond well to fertilisers, especially nitrogen. Broad Bean It grows naturally on … Shallots, Make sure that your soil has a pH of 5.5 to 6.5; If possible, try growing the European variety, as they are self-fruiting and don't need to plant several trees …