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Victoria Plum tree

Owner: N.

Location:  Cambridge, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:St.Julien A
Soil:Shallow sandy-gravelly loam 
Climate at this location:Warm, dry, windy
Pruning:Vigour is so low on my soil that only minimal pruning is required.
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree does not grow well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Local pests:Aphids, scale insects

Owner's comments

Tree is about ten years old, fruits well for its size, but has only reached about 5ft height and spread - it seems unsuited to growing on such a poor soil (shallow, sandy, low rainfall). No significant pest or disease problems, although dense bunches of fruit need thinning to just a couple of plums, otherwise the whole bunch may get damp and rot.

Season records for this tree

  • 2010

    Spring blossom: 18 April
  • 2009

    Spring blossom: 3 April

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