Plum 'Santa Rosa'
East meets west with this Japanese plum bred in the USA in the 1900s. Produces large plums with golden flesh, they are chin-dribblingly juicy when the skin turns from bright red to purple indicating plums are fully ripe. A self-pollinating plum that will pollinate other Japanese plums in yours, and possibly your neighbours', backyard. If you've only got room for one plum tree, this is the one.
Easy to grow fruit trees, plums are high yielding and best trained to an open vase shape for maximum fruiting. Improve soil with aged compost and manure prior to planting. Water regularly during summer to improve fruit retention. Protect from frost during flowering in early spring. PLANTING TIPS: 1. Before planting, water with a weak seaweed solution to help minimise transplant shock. 2. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Remove weeds and grass to avoid competition with you new tree. 3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and one and a half times deeper than the plant pot. 4. Backfill compost and soil to the same depth as the pot so that the soil in the pot is level with the soil surface. 5. Remove the pot and place your tree in the hole. Backfill with soil and compost mixture. Firm down gently and stake if required. 6. Mulch around the base with organic mulch to prevent competition from weeds, but always keep it away from the trunk. 7. Water now and regularly until plant establishes in the garden.