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One of nature’s wonders

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Coco plum shrub

Coco plums are one of nature’s wonders, this plant can be grown and maintained either as a hedge which is formal or informal letting it take off and grow or even as a tree.

Coco plums is a native of Florida, the Caribbean of which I am a part of and also Latin America. Coco plums are very delicious and have a sweet taste.

The international airport where I am employed grows these plums throughout its landscape and gardens which I oversee. When the season comes to harvest many of the airport’s staff can be seen walking about in the parking lots and garden areas picking and feasting upon these plums.

Coco plums hardiness

What makes this plant so amazing is the many purposes they serve. Beside being growing for its fruits and use as a hedge, coco plums can be found along beaches and coastal areas for its ability to withstand the salt sprays and high winds.

Some species of coco plums has red tips on the leaves which can be a show stopper if plants are properly maintained. The fruits of coco plums are either light yellow-whiteish or dark purple.

Growing coco plums

1. Choose a location that gets 6-8 hours of sunlight.

2. Use organic or good a garden soil. A soil ph of 6.6-6.4 is ideal.

3. The planting hole should be large enough so the root ball can slide in easily, in other words, the planting hole should be two times the width of the root ball.

4. Though coco plums are considered to be drought tolerant it is good to keep soil somewhat moist not waterlogged or extremely wet.

5. The use of an organic fertilizer can work wonders.

Transplanting coco plum

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Coco plum shrub

From my experience of transplanting coco plums, these plants in some instants can have a hard time bouncing back once transplanted. Care should be taken during transplanting procedures.

Make sure that most of the roots remain attached to your plant, dig hole wide enough so roots sit comfortably and use an organic soil or good a garden soil.

Remove about a third of the top growth so your plant can establish faster and keep the soil somewhat moist, don’t allow the soil to dry out completely and in no time, your plant will be established.

Coco plums pest

The main pest problem that I have come across is whiteflies that can also cause the onset of sooty mold. Treating with insecticidal soap sprays or and organic insecticide has proven to be beneficial.

Coca plum jelly

Coca plum jelly makes a good treat, here is how it is done. In a medium-size pot add 1 1/2  cup of coco plums, add 1 pound of brown sugar then fill the pot with water till water covers coco plums next turn on the stove.

Bring coco plums to a boil and turn down the heat, after 2 1/2 to 3 hours remove from heat and add some cinnamon. The end result is this mixture should form a light brown jelly.


The final Word

Coco plums are great to have as apart of your garden feature so install some of these plants and reap the benefits they have to offer as they serve you in so many ways.

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