How is the Prunus insititia or wild plum?

Fruit of the greater blackthorn

El Prunus insititia It is a very interesting fruit tree to have in all kinds of gardens. Over time it comes to give a pleasant shade and, in addition, it produces edible fruits. In fact, it is known as wild plum or greater blackthorn, two names that refer to plants from which delicious foods can be collected.

With some cares that I will now explain to you. you will be able to enjoy it without problems for many years.

Origin and characteristics

The Prunus insititia, whose original scientific name is Prunus domestica subsp. institution, is a deciduous fruit tree known as greater blackthorn, wild plum, damascene plum or damascus plum. It is a plant native to Damascus, the capital of present-day Syria.

Reaches a height of 7-10 meters, with simple leaves and the edge finally toothed. The flowers, which sprout in spring, are small, 1,5cm, white. The fruit is oval in shape with a smooth texture, with a greenish-yellow pulp, and a skin that ranges from blue to indigo.

What are their cares?

Prunus insititia flower

If you want to get a copy, we recommend providing the following care:

  • Location: outside, in full sun.
  • Earth:
    • Garden: grows in soils rich in organic matter, with good drainage.
    • Pot: universal growing substrate mixed with 30% perlite.
  • Irrigation: frequent, especially in summer. It is necessary to water every 2 days in the hottest time of the year, and every 3-4 days the rest.
  • Subscriber: from spring to summer with organic fertilizers, such as guano, herbivorous animal manure, compost.
  • Multiplication: by seeds and cuttings in spring.
  • Planting or transplanting time: in spring. In case of having it in a pot, it must be transferred to a larger one every 2 years.
  • Harvest: in summer (July-August in the northern hemisphere).
  • Rusticity: withstands cold and frosts down to -12ºC.

Enjoy your Prunus insititia. Surely with it you can prepare fabulous jams or satisfy hunger 🙂.

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