Plums in Kenya

Plums are placed within the Prunoideae subfamily of the Rosaceae, which contains all the stone fruits such as peach, cherry and apricot. Plums are the most taxonomically diverse of the stone fruits and are adapted to a broad range of climates and soils. The plum tree is a small to medium-sized shrub or tree, but may also grow up to 10 m tall. Twigs are glabrous, becoming lustrous red-brown. The shiny bright green oblong-ovate leaves are carried on 1- to 2-cm-long petioles with several glands. The white flowers are borne…

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Establishing a tree fruit orchard in Kenya

Establishing an orchard for your tree fruits Where to plant your fruit trees is an important consideration when starting your orchard. Ideally you want good drainage, good soil, plenty of sunshine (fruiting trees require a minimum of 6-8 hours of sun per day during the growing season), and good air flow. You want your trees to be wind protected and try to avoid low-lying sites. A slope is the best location, if you have one. Fertile soils with a depth of  more than 1.5 meters and pH range of 5.8–6.6…

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