Prunus salicina 'Methley'
Full Sun, 6-8 hours daily
Good for canning and fresh eating.
Amber flesh with a sweet distinctive flavor.
-20º to -10ºF
15-20' Tall x 15-20' Wide
Prefers neutral to slightly acid soil.
Self-Fertile. Good pollinator for other varieties.
Medium to large plum. Reddish-purple skin. Amber flesh with a sweet distinctive flavor. Good for eating fresh or in preserves. Strong, vigorous tree that is a dependable bearer.
Can be used as flowering color tree in spring and for shade in summer. Will provide large number of fruit in late summer/early fall.
Step 1. Select site with proper light and room for mature growth.
Step 2. Dig hole twice as wide and 1.5 times the depth of root ball.
Step 3. Remove plant from container by squeezing container and tilting plant. DO NOT PULL PLANT OUT OF CONTAINER!. Allow plant to slide out of container after squeezing. If plant is heavily rooted, gently 'scratch' the outer roots until loose. This will encourage a stronger, and aid rapidly establishing root system to develop as the tree grows.
Step 4. Fill bottom of hole with loose soil and soil amendments (if necessary) so that the top of root ball is even with surrounding surface. Center root ball in hole. Backfill around the sides of the root ball with soil from hole or 50/50 mixture of soil and any recommended soil amendments such as peat moss, composted pine bark or compost soil mix. Tamp firm as you fill to remove air pockets.
Step 5. Mound remaining soil around perimeter of the hole as create a water holding area that it allow water to seep into soil around roots rather than run-off.
Step 6. Support the tree using a three strap triangulated support system or sturdy stake to prevent tree from blowing over until roots are sufficiently establish (usually one year). Take care not to wound or scrape tree bark and use soft material to assure that support will not injure tree as it grows.
Step 7. Water thoroughly, allow water to seep in. Water regularly during the first year until roots are firmly established and as necessary to keep soil moist (not flooded). If soil is poor draining, water more frequently with less water as needed.
Use well balanced fertilizer labeled for fruit trees in spring and fall.
Keep moist until completely established then water when needed.
Prune smaller limbs and crossing limbs while dormant. Remove any suckers from base and trunk.
Consult horticulturist, extension agent or local nurseryman for recommendations for proper chemical or organic treatments for pests and fungal infections. Only use products that specify use on fruit trees. Never use systemic chemicals during bloom, fruit set or harvest periods!