Organic Flavor King Plumcot Tree Seeds one seed
Plant your tree in a location with full sun or light shade and well-drained, neutral or slightly acidic soil. When you set the tree in the hole, make sure the soil line on the tree is even with the surrounding soil. Press down on the soil as you backfill to remove air pockets. Water slowly and deeply after planting. If the soil settles, fill in the depression with more soil. Fertilize the tree for the first time in late winter or early spring and again in late spring or early summer by spreading one-half pound of 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 fertilizer over the root zone. Gradually increase the amount of fertilizer each year so that when the tree matures you are using 1 to 1.5 pounds (0.5-0.6 kg.) of fertilizer at each feeding. Plumcots also benefit from an annual spraying with zinc foliar spray. Proper pruning leads to better fruit and fewer problems with disease. Begin pruning the tree while it is young. Limit the structure to five or six main branches coming off the central stem. This is more branches than you actually need, but allows you to remove some later as problems arise. The branches should be spaced evenly around the tree and at least 6 inches (15 cm.) apart. Remove diseased, broken and weak branches any time of year, and remove suckers from the base of the tree as soon as they appear. Do the main pruning in spring, just before the flower buds open. If two branches cross and rub against each other, remove one of them. Remove branches that grow straight up rather than out at an angle from the main stem. Thin some of the fruit from heavily laden branches to prevent the branches from breaking. The remaining fruit will grow larger taste better.