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Plum Methley

Plum Methley


Description: Methley Plum trees produce medium to large-sized fruit with a reddish-purple skin and firm, sweet, red flesh. The fruit is typically ready for harvest in early summer, making it one of the earliest ripening plum varieties. The tree itself is deciduous, featuring ovate to elliptic green leaves that turn yellow in the fall. In spring, it bears fragrant white flowers, attracting pollinators to the garden.

Size: Methley Plum trees generally reach a height of 12 to 15 feet (3.7 to 4.6 meters) with a similar spread. However, the size of the tree can vary depending on factors such as growing conditions, pruning, and rootstock. Proper pruning can help manage the size and shape of the tree to fit the available space in your garden or orchard.

Best Growing Zones: Methley Plum trees thrive in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. They prefer regions with cold winters and warm summers, as they require a certain number of chilling hours (hours below 45°F or 7.2°C) during dormancy to produce fruit. However, they may also do well in slightly warmer climates if they receive sufficient chilling hours.

Soil Requirements: These plum trees prefer well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. They can tolerate various soil types, including loamy, sandy, or clay soil, as long as it's well-drained and fertile. Amending the soil with organic matter, such as compost or aged manure, can improve soil structure and fertility, promoting healthy growth and fruit production.

Maintenance: Proper care and maintenance are essential for the health and productivity of Methley Plum trees. They require regular watering, especially during periods of drought or fruit development. Pruning is necessary to remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches, as well as to shape the tree and encourage airflow within the canopy, reducing the risk of disease. Additionally, these trees may benefit from annual applications of balanced fertilizer to support vigorous growth and fruiting.

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