How to Acclimate Plum Trees

Acclimate (ac·cli·mate): "To become accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions. Also to harden off a plant."

Acclimating plum trees helps minimize environmental stress when planting. Because our potted plum trees are grown in our controlled greenhouse environment, they may arrive to you already sprouting tender new growth. This growth can be sensitive to things like:

  • Temperature (below 50ºF or above 90ºF)
  • Frost snaps
  • Strong/direct sunlight
  • Wind

These conditions are more likely to occur during early spring, but can happen during other times of year in different growing zones.

NOTE: This is part 2 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow plum trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.