Plum – Prunus Americana
It would be a good idea to test your soil for the right ingredients in order to get a healthy tree. Wild plums are best grown in acidic soil and could do with a touch of phosphorus that will encourage the roots in young trees to grow better. When planting the trees, it's best to leave 5 feet of space between each one.
As one of the rare fruits from the bounty of nature, the wild plum can even grow at desert altitudes of up to 7000ft. It can safely withstand extremes in temperatures and even soil that is alkaline. It will continue to thrive even in a drought. When the natives discovered it, they would collect and dry the fruit and then use it in the winter months as garnishing for their game.
You will find that the wild plum grows in the form of thickets and can be found in canyons, running along hillsides and even in open areas of forests. Some swear that thickets of wild plums can be found just at the shoreline of where prehistoric lakes used to sit.
Plum shrubs have a beautiful line of growth. As small plants about to bear fruit, they generally are covered with a rush of white flowers. This is usually a signal of the change from winter to spring. There are different species of wild plums, and of the four popular ones, not all of them bear fruit. Some of them are content at flowering and their beauty alone makes them most desired for decorative purposes.
If you plan to grow them yourself, you have to prep your soil and wait for at least a month for the soil to be well set. At this time, adding the necessary nutrients to your soil as prescribed by the horticultural authorities in your area would be a good idea. They have to be placed at least 5-ft apart so that they have enough space to grow. If you bought a plant in a pot, make sure that you plant it in soil that is just as deep.
It is important that you support the tree with a stake for at least the first two years. They grow rapidly and will need the support. Pruning and shaping the trees as they grow is also essential to getting a wonderful crop.