Native to France, the European variety of plum known as mirabelle grows predominantly through the Lorraine region. The fruit has a sweet, honey-like flavour that rounds out well in jams and conserves.
Mirabelle grows best in full sun, like all plum trees. Locate the tree on a hill or flat ground rather than a valley, since valleys gather cold air. Plant the tree in the ground with the graft side -- a horizontal line on the tree trunk -- rests 1-inch above the soil.
Water mirabelle every week with 1 inch of water. Plan to fertilise the trees each spring using 10-10-10 fertiliser. The University of Rhode Island suggests giving the tree 227gr. of this fertiliser for each year of age, so a 3-year-old tree would get 0.68kg. of 10-10-10.
Like other European plums, mirabelle is not self-fruitful. To ensure the best plum crop, plant another European plum variety, such as Stanley, green gage or European prune plums, nearby. This ensures your plum flowers are pollinated.
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