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Plum recommendations

I have two cherry trees and one plum (Victoria) in their 3rd springs, I think they were planted as 1/2 standards. I want to keep them small enough to be easily netted and I have space for one more soft fruit tree.
I'm thinking another plum... Victoria is prolific but apparently there are better for eating raw though they're not bad!
Any suggestions for something reliable and good eating? In North East England.

Imagine it's too late for planting this year though?!

Weirdly our cherries and apples are laden with blossom but none on the plum. It looks very healthy and fruited quite well last year. Hey ho. 


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,916
    I have a Victoria, a Marjorie’s Seedling, a Merryweather damson, an Imperial Épineuse and a Pond’s Seedling in my garden.

    But the one plum that I look forward to picking grows on a patch of waste ground 500 yards away. It’s an Opal. What a delicious plum that is. If I had enough years left, I’d plant an Opal.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • I bought an opal a few months ago just a twig then but lots of leaves now and we had one blossom, does that mean I might get a plum? 😀
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,916
    You might well get a plum but it wouldn’t be a good idea to let it get that far.

    Making a tree put its energy into reproducing when it is only a child itself does not make for a strong and healthy plant in the long run.

    Better by far to let it flower then remove any fruits for at least two years (if the tree is as small as you say). Then, in the third year, allow it to produce perhaps a handful of plums, no more. Gradually build up the number of fruits over the years.

    More haste, less speed is the philosophy when growing fruit trees.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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