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Victoria plum tree


I've recently bought a young Victoria plum tree, and I plan to plant it into large pot. I've read around online on appropriate application of fertilizers for newly-potted plums, and so far I am still unclear.

I plan to plant using a multi-purpose compost that already has a pre-added 4 month feed that I purchased. Is that a bad idea? Some posts I have read said you should avoid fertilizing at an early stage as it risks foliage overgrowth and stunt the fruit/flower development and to consider a 10-10-10 (high potash) fertilizer only in March-ish.

So what is the best thing to do?






  • Hello! I'm glad you chose the Victoria plum tree. This was a wise choose because it is a self pollinator and produces high amounts of fruit. First, I have to assume you purchased your plum already in a container or pot. If this is the case, most potted plants already contain a slow release fertilizer mixed in their soil. You can tell if your pot has fertilizer pellets in it by gently pull your plant out and looking at the soil. If you see small white or green round pellets, your container already has the fertilizer in it and you will be ok. If they are not present then I would use the soil you have purchased.

    You will not burn your plum's roots if you use this soil. Most roots are burned by using too much fertilizer or not the correct fertilizer. A good slow release fertilizer is the best bet and you will not have any worries if you follow the labels.

    Remember to fertilize on a regular bases and yes a 10-10 -10 fertilizer is good. Also when your plums start forming on your tree, remove the immature ones to allow better development of the better fruit. This will also help your branches from being weighted down since the Victoria plum is a high yielding tree.

    Happy Gardening!

  • Hi I have a question about snowdrops and crocuses when do they flower if u could help that would be great thanks 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 67,331

    Hi Steven - snowdrops will usually start flowering within the next couple of weeks - the smaller species crocuses will usually start flowering after snowdrops, probably mid February onwards, and the larger ones will follow them.  However, it all depends on the situation and temperatures prevalent at the time.  Plants in sheltered spots may flower earlier than plants in more exposed positions.

    Can I suggest that if you want to ask more questions you start a new thread with the name of the plant in the title then any members with specialist knowledge will spot it.


    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Thanks dove and I will do that cheers

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