June Plums have a unique tropical flavor with a hint of mango and pineapple, best of all you can grow them yourself!
Save time and money by growing your own tropical fruit instead of driving to grocery stores that don’t carry anything close to the flavors provided by June Plums.
Grow these plums organically, and snack on them with peace of mind knowing that your fruit wasn’t grown with harsh chemicals like those found at super markets.
This delightful tree will provide you with white blooms and start fruiting immediately. Once the plums have gone from green to yellow they’re ripe and ready to be picked.
June Plums are compact trees that are perfect for even the smallest gardens. Only growing to about 6 feet tall, they can be planted anywhere.
They’re even perfect for containers! Place them in a pot and keep them on your porch, patio, or even indoors!
If your area gets a little too cold for this tree, simply bring it indoors once it starts to get cold and place it by a large sunny window.
This low maintenance tree is drought tolerant and disease resistance. You can plant it and forget it. You’ll have fruit in no time.
Planting & Care
The June Plum (Spondias dulcis) has the amazing ability to flower and fruit at a young age. It can be easily maintained, will reach a mature height of 6 to 8 feet and accessible to USDA growing zones 4-11 (potted) / 9-11 (outdoors). The fruit on the June Plum will grow in pairs and can be eaten when the fruit is green allow the fruit to fully ripen to a golden-yellow. The full to partial sun loving plant is deciduous in winter but the fruit holds on the tree for up to 6-8 months after the leaves have dropped.
Planting Directions (potted): This tree adapts to full sun, southern exposure and can be grown indoors during the winter. Keep your indoor temperatures above 50, cooler temperatures can lead to root disease if grown in containers. Growing in a clay pot can maintain a healthy root system.
Planting Directions (in ground): June Plum is fast grower and will need adequate space to stretch out. Planting in rows 18 feet apart. Planting individual trees choose a planting location at least 10 feet from other trees and shrubs.
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 in the hole, holding it straight.
3) Backfill the hole partially, pressing down gently as you go along and watering to settle the soil. This will also help eliminate any air pockets that may have formed.
4) Once the hole has been completely filled, add a layer of organic mulch around the tree to help conserve soil moisture while keeping competing weeds and grasses away.
Watering: To promote growth in the first season ensure you are generously watering once to twice a week. When watering, thoroughly saturate the soil.
Fertilizing: June Plums are moderate feeders, use ¼ teaspoon of fertilizer per gallon of water once a week. In the summer months, increase fertilization to ½ teaspoon of fertilizer per gallon of water once a week. Use a blooming fertilizer or a balanced fertilizer like a 15-15-15 formula.
Pruning: Pruning is not necessary until the tree begins to flower or fruit and after the tree has emerged from dormancy. Fruiting can begin at a young age on this tree. It’s best to allow the central branches on the tree to grow 3 feet or more before letting them branch out. Once the tree has met the desired height, prune to maintain size and form.