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Plums

Use our zone-based planting guide to know when to plant plums.

Plant name Zone Start seeds indoors (spring/fall) Start seeds outdoors (spring/fall) Plant seedlings/transplants outdoors (spring/fall) Plant spacing # plants per person
Plums 3a Not recommended Not recommended April 15-May 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety) 1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 3b Not recommended Not recommended April 15-May 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 4a Not recommended Not recommended April 15-May 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 4b Not recommended Not recommended April 15-May 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 5a Not recommended Not recommended March 15-April 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 5b Not recommended Not recommended March 15-April 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 6a Not recommended Not recommended March 15-April 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 6b Not recommended Not recommended March 15-April 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 7a Not recommended Not recommended March 15-April 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 7b Not recommended Not recommended March 15-April 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 8a Not recommended Not recommended Feb. 15-March 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 8b Not recommended Not recommended Feb. 15-March 1 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 9a Not recommended Not recommended Jan. 15-30 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 9b Not recommended Not recommended Jan. 15-30 10-25 feet (depending on variety)
1 or 2 (if needed for pollination) for the household
Plums 10a Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Plums 10b Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Plums 11a Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Plums 11b Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended

* There are a wide variety of plum trees. Consult your local Extension office for the type that will work best in your area. Start with a bare-root tree and plant in late winter or early spring.