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Startovaya plum is a high-yielding variety loved by many gardeners. The fruits of such a plum are fragrant and sweet. Trees are almost not susceptible to diseases and pest attacks.

Breeding history of the variety

The All-Russian Research Institute named after I.V. Michurin was engaged in the breeding of the home-based Start plum. Breeders G. A. Kursakov, R. E. Bogdanov, G. G. Nikiforova and T. Pisanova crossed the varieties Eurasia-21 and Volzhskaya Krasavitsa, as a result of which this variety appeared. The starting drain was introduced into the State Register in 2006.

Description of the plum variety Startovaya

  • The height of the starting plum tree is medium.
  • The crown is thick, oval.
  • The shoots of Startovaya are red-brown, with a silvery bloom. Buds are conical, silvery-brown in color.
  • Small emerald oval leaves have a wrinkled texture and a pointed tip. Small ribs are located along the edges of the Starter Plum leaf. The stipules of the plant fall early.
  • Petioles are ordinary, slightly pigmented. The glands have an amber hue and are located one by one on the petiole.
  • The starting plum blooms with large white flowers resembling a bell. Their anthers are located under the stigma of the pistil.
  • The fruits of the Startovaya variety are large, have a dark purple color and a whitish tint. They are distinguished by high taste (average tasting score - 4.7 points out of 5). The fruits are sweet and sour. The stone is large, oval, it is easy to separate it from the juicy yellow pulp. On average, the fruit of the Start Plum reaches a mass of 52 g.

The starting plum is grown in the Central Black Earth region of Russia, in Ukraine, in the south - in Georgia and Moldova, in the north - in Estonia. Areas with loamy soil are ideal for cultivation.

Plum characteristics Start

Drought resistance and frost resistance

The starting plum is frost-resistant; during mild winters, there is no need to cover the tree for the winter.

Plum loves warmth and calmly tolerates heat, although it requires additional watering.

Most of all positive reviews about the Startovaya plum are located in the Moscow region, where the climate is moderate, but the reviews about the Startovaya plum in Siberia are contradictory: only with careful care it is possible to preserve the seedlings and get a good harvest.

Plum Pollinators Home

Plum Starter is considered self-fertile, but it gives very few ovaries. To get a good harvest, the Starter plum needs a pollinator. As pollinators, it is best to choose the parents of the variety: Eurasia-21 plum and Volzhskaya beauty.

Productivity and fruiting

Plum variety Startovaya ripens very early and bears fruit. Its yield is about 61 centners of fruits per hectare (up to 50 kg per tree).

Shelf life is approximately 3 weeks (no more than 25 days).

For the first time, a plum bears fruit 4–5 years after planting the cuttings or 6 years after planting the seed.

Scope of berries

Plum of the Startovaya variety is universal. It is grown by private gardeners for home use, and by owners of large land for sale fresh, and farms for the production of various products: wines, candied fruits, jams, compotes, mousses.

Fruits of the Startovaya variety can be frozen without loss of taste.

Disease and pest resistance

The Startovaya variety is resistant to diseases and pests, therefore it does not require treatment with fungicides and insecticides.

Advantages and disadvantages of the variety


  • very early fruiting;
  • high productivity;
  • resistance to low and high temperatures;
  • ease of transportation of berries;
  • high taste;
  • versatility of use;
  • immunity to diseases and pests.


  • conditional self-fertility of the plum Starting.

Landing features

Recommended timing

The starting plum should be planted in late March - early April (2-3rd decade), or from September to mid-October, before frost sets in. In autumn, seedlings do not respond to damage to the root system. At the same time, it is easier to buy high-quality planting material.

Important! When planting in autumn, the seedlings must be covered for the winter.

The planting material planted in spring has time to develop the root system and easily survive the winter.

Choosing the right place

  • Startovaya grows best on loam.
  • Ideally, the acidity of the soil should be in the region of 6.5-7 units. It is easy to check it with the help of litmus paper, for this it is enough to attach the meter to a handful of damp earth after rain.
  • Do not plant the Starter in a place where the groundwater level exceeds 2 meters: the plum is sensitive to excess ground moisture.
  • It is best to plant it in a place where it will constantly be under the rays of the sun and protected from the northerly winds.

In such conditions, the fruits of Startova will ripen sweet and juicy.

What crops can and cannot be planted nearby

  • Another plum variety that is compatible with it should be planted next to the Start. Eurasia-21 and the Volga beauty, which are its best pollinators, are best suited.
  • It makes no sense to plant a number of plum varieties that do not coincide with this variety in terms of flowering time.
  • Plums should not be planted next to cherries, cherries, pears, walnuts.
  • She gets along well with apple or berry bushes: raspberries, currants.

Selection and preparation of planting material

It is very easy to grow a starter plum from a seed or a cuttings. Bone planting will be cheaper and easier.

  1. The seeds are split, the seeds are removed and pre-soaked in warm water for 70-120 hours, changing the water once a day.
  2. After that, the bones are stored in a clean glass container.
  3. 6 months before planting, the seeds are stratified in damp sand at temperatures ranging from -10 to 1 degrees.
  4. 2 years after planting, the cutting can be transplanted to another location if necessary.

Today on the market you can find

  • seedlings grafted on seed stocks;
  • own-rooted seedlings;
  • seedlings grown from root shoots, cuttings, cuttings.

For the Starting plum, it is best to buy self-rooted planting material: a fruitful tree will grow from it, consistently giving a bountiful harvest and easily tolerating frost.

For planting, one-year and two-year seedlings are suitable.

Important! Regardless of age, seedlings should have 3-5 main roots 25-30 cm long.

The indicators that are important when choosing are described in the table.

Age, branching


Barrel diameter

Length of main branches

1 year, unbranched

110-140 cm

1.1-1.3 cm

1 year branched

40-60 cm (stem height)

1.2-1.4 cm

10-20 cm

2 years branched

40-60 cm (stem height)

1.6-1.8 cm

30 cm

Landing algorithm

When planting seeds, you need to wait until they germinate in the process of stratification. It is also necessary to prepare a sufficient amount of drained soil and compost.

  1. When the roots are visible, the seeds should be planted in a pot or immediately on the site, having previously dug a hole.
  2. In the center of the hole, an elevation should be made from the ground, the seed should be placed there, the roots should be carefully laid out and the seed should be buried.

When planting seedlings in spring, pits for the Starting plum are prepared in the fall. At the same time, it is easiest to buy seedlings, since at this time the market offers the widest selection of planting material. They should be kept buried until planting. If it is decided to plant a plum in the fall, the pits should be prepared a month before planting.

  • Plums are best planted at a distance of 3-4 m from each other and 5-6 m between rows. The trees of the Starter Plum in Siberia and the Far East should be at a smaller distance - 2-3 m from each other and 3-5 m between rows.
  • The pits should be 70–80 cm in diameter and 70 cm deep.
  • When excavating, the top layer of the soil should be placed in one direction, the bottom in the other.
  • If the soil is peaty or sandy, fill the pit to a 10 cm level with clay.

It is also best to fertilize the soil before planting. The recommended fertilizer composition is as follows:

  • humus and compost - 2 buckets;
  • peat - 2 buckets;
  • superphosphate - 1 tablespoon;
  • urea - 3 tablespoons;
  • potassium sulfate - 3 tablespoons.

This mixture will help the Starter Plum take root faster and better. You should also add 2 cups of nitrophoska and 200 g of wood ash (alternative to ash - fluff lime, dolomite flour).

With increased acidity of the soil, you need to add nitrate with lime and ammonia, this will saturate the earth with nitrogen.

  1. If the soil is heavy, the bottom of each pit should be loosened to a depth of 20–25 cm.
  2. In the removed topsoil, add 20 kg of the prepared fertilizer.
  3. A 110-centimeter peg is dug into the bottom of the pit.
  4. Eggshells are placed in the pit, then it should be covered by two-thirds with a mixture of soil and fertilizer. If there is not enough mixture, you need to take some more soil from the topsoil.
  5. The seedling needs to be spread out the roots and placed in the hole.

Important! The root collar should protrude 3-4 centimeters above the ground.

  1. The pit is filled up to the end with ordinary soil without any fertilizers.
  2. Thoroughly compact the soil: this will protect the roots from contact with air and, therefore, drying out.
  3. In order for the Startova plum to absorb moisture to the maximum, you need to make an embankment around the seedling from the lower soil layer.
  4. The seedling should be tied to a peg and watered abundantly (3-4 buckets of water).

Plum follow-up care


The largest yield is yielded by the Starter plum with the correct crown. For its formation, it is necessary to trim from the moment of planting.

  • In the first year, the trunk is cut to a level of 1–1.2 m.
  • For biennial plums of the Startovaya variety, the most powerful branches are cut to a length of 25-30 cm.
  • In the third year, the apical growths are cut by 30 cm, the lateral ones by 15 cm.

As a result, the Startovaya plum should have 5–6 branches growing at an angle of 50 degrees. The cup-shaped shape should be maintained and the density of the branches should not be allowed: this is fraught with a lack of light for the ovaries and fruits and, consequently, a decrease in yield.


Plum grows well in conditions of excess moisture, therefore, the Start must be watered regularly, especially for newly planted plants. Watering is especially important for spring seedlings, as the soil dries out quickly during the warm season. For mature trees, one watering per week is enough. A young Startovaya plum needs 5–6 buckets for watering, a fruiting one - up to 10 buckets. The plum also needs watering in the fall.

Important! Stagnation of water around the Start plum is unacceptable! Watering should be abundant, but not excessive.

Preparing for winter

Plum Startovaya easily tolerates mild winters and does not require insulation, however, if grown in the northern and north-western regions, preparation for winter is necessary.

  • Plum Starter should be whitewashed, this will somewhat protect it from frostbite.
  • Around the young tree, you need to lay out several bags and fix them with soil. In especially severe frosts, it is necessary to put several layers of burlap.
  • An adult tree can be insulated by mulching with humus.
  • The near-trunk circle of a young Start plum is covered with polyethylene to minimize the harmful effects of precipitation.
  • After the first snow, a snowdrift is made around the base of the trunk for additional insulation.
  • Snow should be trampled around young trees to protect them from rodent attacks.
  • In case of heavy snow, it must be knocked off the branches to avoid breakage.

By the end of February, you need to remove the harness from the drain, take it out of the garden, remove snow from the trunks.

Top dressing

The starting drain needs 3 fertilizers per year: in spring, summer and immediately after harvest.

The Starter variety should be fed

  • urea;
  • superphosphate;
  • wood ash;
  • phosphates;
  • nitrogen fertilizers.

Rodent protection

Most rodents make moves at a depth of 10–20 cm. Reliable protection from their attacks will be a chain-link mesh dug around the Start plum by 40–50 cm. The diameter of such a mesh should be 60–70 cm. This will not interfere with the root system, and the tree will be reliably protected.

An alternative option is placing traps. Depending on the type of animals, vegetables and herbs, bread fried in vegetable oil, lard can be used as bait. Also, this bait can be treated with poison and spread out on the site. There are also specialized preparations, such as "Ratobor", which is very attractive to pests for its taste and smell and is easy to use.

Diseases and pests, methods of control and prevention

The variety is not susceptible to most diseases and mass attacks of pests, therefore it does not require annual preventive procedures. Chemical treatment is necessary only when symptoms of a particular ailment are detected.


The starting plum is a rather unpretentious and fruitful variety. It has high taste and versatility, therefore it is suitable for mass and private cultivation and will require relatively little effort and investment. The variety is optimal for climates with mild winters, loves the sun. In the first years of life, it is necessary to protect the Startovaya variety from rodents; in the future, prevention is not required, and the fight against diseases and pests is reduced to situational treatment with chemicals.


Igor Tabachnikov, 54 years old, Samara

Planted a Starter Plum last spring. So far, there have been no problems with the tree. I have never been ill, and is actively growing. I have been growing Eurasia-21 in the same area for the third year already. I really hope for a decent harvest!

Antogalidis Alina Sergeevna, 50 years old, Moscow

This summer, for the first time, I received a harvest from the Start plum on my site in the Moscow region. That's really really, pleased, so pleased with the variety! I fed all the household, and also made jam! In general, I recommend everyone to plant Startovaya plum! All summer mood and high harvest!

Gavrilov Ivan Semenovich, 57 years old, Novosibirsk

What a year my Start gives a good harvest! We always have enough for my wife and me, and for the children, we also freeze for the winter! One plum disappeared from us due to rodents, the second was raised using a protective net, as described in the article. Indeed, more such problems did not arise. I recommend the Startovaya variety to everyone: rodents are practically the only problem, the plum never hurt and did not cause any other trouble!

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