Some of you may have read my post on planting my plum tree. This is an update. It now has buds! This post is also about an experiment I tried in planting plum tree starts.
A few days after I planted my plum tree, I left for California for 3 weeks to help my daughter-in-law through some tough surgery aftercare. Just before I left, I put two of the plum tree branches I had pruned from my plum tree, into a Mason jar filled with water and placed it on my kitchen window sill. It was just a let’s-wait-and-see-if-anything-happens kind of thing.
When I got back, both branches were alive with new green leaves. No roots but lots of green leaves and new buds. Then I thought maybe they need soil to grow roots. So I found an old used pot, filled it with an inch of gravel from my drive way, and headed out to the many mole hills in my yard.
I was going to buy a bag of soil, but my brother-in-law Bob (everyone should have a “Bob” around) suggested I just use the “dirt” the moles had already conveniently piled up in the yard for me. As I got closer to the mole hill, it started to suspiciously look like clay I had run through my food processor but Bob convinced me it should be fine.
Once the “dirt” was in the pot, I planted the 2 plum tree clippings, and placed the pot in my living room bay window. Now, 5 days latter, the leaves are looking a little more wilted despite keeping them moist. It does look like I’ll be heading to the store to purchase some good soil. I won’t count this a failure until the leaves turn brown and fall off. I am such an optimist!