Plum Pits! - Knowledgebase Question

Cincinnati, OH
Question by becklau
July 13, 2000
Can you grow a plum tree from a plum pit? NO KIDDING! my daughter loves plums SO much she has planted EVERY pit in various places in our yard! If so do they need to be dried & how deep should they be planted? THANK YOU!


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Answer from NGA
July 13, 2000

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There's about an 80 percent germination rate for Prunus seeds, so your daughter has a reasonable chance of having some plum trees actually sprout from the pits she's planted. The hard outer coating will delay germination until the seed inside can absorb moisture. You can hurry things along by nicking the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the seed inside). Plant the seeds outdoors in the fall, or refrigerate and plant outdoors in the spring. (Seeds will need 90-150 days of cold to break dormancy.) Plant seeds 1-2" deep. Expect germination in 90 days if planted in the fall and 120 days if planted in the spring. Good luck with your plum trees!

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