Santa Rosa plum trees are Japanese plum trees. It is funny to note that as Santa Rosa is Spanish and translates as “Saint Rose”; it is in fact Japanese and not of Spanish descent. The plums from these trees are usually sweet and are regarded to many as juicy fruits. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Santa Rosa plum trees can grow in most areas within the United States. The plums have a purple exterior which is sweet while the insides are yellow.
Santa Rosa plum trees have the ability to grow to between 10 to 15 feet. Once they are planted, they usually bloom in the later part of May and are usually harvested in the later part of July or early August. The best time to plant these fruit trees would be in spring as this is the time when the soil is most workable. When planting these plum trees, it is best to plant them 15 feet apart as they have the ability to grow to large sizes. This is so as not to affect each other chances of surviving and growing to their maximum potential. Also ensure that the plants get a full amount of sun on a daily basis so it is not advisable to plant them in full shade areas. Partial shade is acceptable once the trees are exposed to at least 6 hours of sunlight daily.
Essentially there are two types of Santa Rosa plum trees that you may buy for your home garden. There are the dwarf trees and the weeping trees which both produces fruit. Simply decide which tree sizes would be most suitable for your home garden. Santa Rosa plum trees are self-pollinating which means they do not depend on other trees to develop.
One thing that you may find with these types of plum trees is the fact that they take a while to produce fruit, in fact three to five years. This is why it is not really advised to plant and grow in northern climates for the simple reason that enter precaution and care needs to be taken to protect them during these times which means more work.
Soil is also important to Santa Rosa plum trees as with all other fruit trees. The soil should be well drained and fertilized for these plum trees to grow and flourish. Once planted in the soil, these trees can be watered once a week or when the top 4 inches of the soil is dry (which would require more investigation and work). Once the season changes and the weather is cool and wet, there is no need to water the Santa Rosa plum trees; as you may risk the roots of the trees rotting and causing havoc to their life span.
Finally, make sure you fertilize the trees once a year to keep adding nutrients to the soil that may have been diminished in pervious times or by neighboring plants depending on their proximity . If you decide to prune these trees, do it once they have been harvested for the last time that is the last fruits for that season have been picked.