Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 20-25 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 10-20 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Can Fruit the 1st year!
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- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, WA
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Most Popular - Most Demanded Plum Tree for the Home Orchard!
Have world famous, sweet Santa Rosa plums just outside your door! The most popular plum tree for commercial use and home growing.
These trees produce an abundant harvest of sweetly flavored, dark purple fruit each year. Adaptable to most soil types and are self-fertile... cross pollination is not necessary, but will increase fruit production when a second plum tree is planted nearby.
The Santa Rosa tree takes up very little space, yet produces bushels of fruit.
Santa Rosa plums appear in mid-June and ripen in mid-August. Delicious when eaten fresh... perfect for drying and baking as well.
Your tree has been continuously pruned to encourage more branching. More branching means more fruit, earlier production and a healthier tree. This process takes us up to a year longer than our competitors, but you'll find that it makes a huge difference.
Prior to shipping, your trees receive a final pruning at no additional cost.
The plums that you purchase in the supermarket are sprayed with insecticides and fungicides that are difficult to wash off completely. This is especially true for plums imported from Central and South America.
But now, you can easily grow your own Santa Rosa plums without chemicals for tastier, healthier and fresher fruit.
Santa Rosa Plum Tree Pollination
Santa Rosa Plum Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional pollinator will drastically increase the size of your crop. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...
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Santa Rosa Plum Tree
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Arrive well packaged and beautiful. It's leave were already out. A little early for here so it froze back. Probably it will be fine. Next year it will be wise to this climate.
Santa Rosa Plum
I don't know yet. It lived. I'll know more next year
Fantastic as always!
Tree arrived great and is branch pruned as promised to help this young tree grow strong and give a great harvest. Thanks again FGT! Only site I would ever buy a tree from!!
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Planting & Care
The Santa Rosa plum tree (Prunus salicina ‘Santa Rosa’) is a medium size plum tree maturing to heights of 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Growing in USDA zones 5-9, this is one of the more temperature tolerant trees, tolerating cold down to -10 degrees. The Santa Rosa only requires 300 chill hours so it will produce plums well even in southern climates. This plum tree is self fertile only requiring one tree to produce plums, making it even better for the small home orchard. These sweet purple plums are a treat that are ready to harvest in mid-August making them a delightful summer treat.
Choosing a location: All plum trees need a full sun exposure location so be sure to pick a bright spot for the trees new home. Well draining, sandy soil is highly recommended with a pH range from 5.5 to 6.5 (which can be easily determined with an inexpensive soil testing kit from your local nursery/big box store). If possible, plant the tree in a South or West location to cut back on the wind which in turn will assist the tree in setting fruit.
1) Prepare your hole by digging it three times as wide as the root ball and just as deeply.
2) Gently comb the root ball freeing up any compacted roots and place the tree.
3) Back fill the hole partially, pressing down gently as you go along and water to settle the soil.
4) Once the hole has been completely filled, add a layer of organic mulch around the tree to help conserve water. Do not let the mulch touch the trunk of the tree as this can promote rot and fungus.
Watering: Water your tree generously weekly, twice a week for the first growing season to help promote the growth. Deep watering encourages the roots to extend more deeply into the soil which in turn makes the tree more drought resistant. For young trees, a deep watering with a little over two gallons of water works well whereas adult trees will require around 8 gallons for each watering. If the edges of the tree’s leaves appear to be turning brown or wilting, then the tree is not receiving enough water. The bark at the base of the trunk will change from a light brown to dark brown (or black-ish) color if it’s receiving too much water.
Pruning: Give your tree a full year to get situated in its new home before attempting to prune. Young plum trees are typically pruned in the late winter to early spring seasons before buds begin to break. This will cut back on the possibility of “silver leaf disease” attacking the tree. More established plum trees will benefit from a midsummer pruning. Pruning isn’t very difficult but a necessity to “cut back” on broken limbs from heavy fruit production. Take off about 20% of the previous year’s growth with cuts at a 45 degree angle. Use a sterilized cutting tool (rubbing alcohol works perfectly) leaving the upright, vigorous branches plenty of space for light to penetrate.
Fertilizing: There are a couple of steps for proper fertilizing of your plum tree to ensure a healthy growing season. Young trees that are three years or younger will benefit from about a half cup of balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer formula applied once in around mid-April and again in early June. More established plum trees will require one annual application of the same balanced formula mid-April. Use 8 ounces for every year of the tree’s age. Fertilizer can burn the roots of younger trees so instead of taking the chance with chemicals, improve your soil’s fertility by amending compost into it.
Plum trees that are fertilized properly should grow about 1 foot to 18 inches per year. Symptoms of over fertilizing can include leaf scorching and excessive growth. If you’re noticing these issues then reduce the amount of fertilizer for the following year. Always be sure to water DEEPLY after every fertilizer application and avoid fertilizer getting too close to the trunk.
Harvesting: The best tasting plums are left on the tree to fully ripen before picking. Apply gentle pressure with your fingers to determine ripeness. Soft skin on the fruit means it’s ready to be picked. They should easily come off of the tree when ripened using a slight twist. Plums are best kept in the fridge as they unfortunately do not store for very long. If kept in the fridge, they may last a bit longer, closer to around 2-4 weeks.
*Tip: Birds can be attracted to the developing plums. Consider utilizing a “bird net” to preserve your plum fruit.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
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