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Victoria, photo courtesy of Karen Breslau/

Victoria, photo courtesy of Karen Breslau/

The most planted plum tree. Very productive, easy to grow, regular crops provided surplus fruitlets are thinned out by late June. It is suitable for fresh consumption as well as bottling, jam-making and processing. The tree is very sensitive to the disease Silver Leaf fungus. Avoid branch breakages or any other wounds that would enable the spores to enter the tree’s cambium layer.

Finally, if after all that, it looks you might have a crop of plums/greengages, thin the new young fruitlets, when they are the size of a small hazel nut. The fruits in singles need to be spaced 4 to 6 inches apart, depending on the variety. If one can find the time to this, you are more likely to have a crop every year.

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2 responses to “Victoria

  1. Sharon January 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Hi We moved house in August last year, a beautiful garden with a plum tree which gave us lots of plums.
    It’s very old I think! I’m wondering how to prune, some of the branches are just snapping off! I need to ruin it I think!
    Can you help and give me some advice?

    • realenglishfruit January 30, 2016 at 7:52 am

      Old plum trees very easily fall prey to two specific diseases; BACTERIAL CANKER and SILVER LEAF.
      Therefore, special attention needs to be given to the following points;
      1) only carry out pruning operations when the tree is in FULL LEAF stage
      2) reduce the weight of the total number of branches. Remove those which are old and broken and leave the well-illuminated branches
      3) remove the too-dominant near-vertical branches.
      4) always immediately seal the wounds with Arbrex, obtainable from garden centres.
      5) do not let the tree cope with droughty conditions during the summer months
      6) do not over-crop the tree. Thin the fruitlets during June and July.

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