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Early Prolific Plum tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Harefield, MIDDLESEX, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about
Soil:Free draining medium loam 
Climate at this location:Microclimate created by proximity to canal
Pruning:Prune to stickleback shape
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Sparrows

Owner's comments

Needs a heavy mulch to retain moisture at roots

Season records for this tree

  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 3 March
    very early blossom due to record high temperatures this month
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 23 April
    Harvest: 1st week July
    Harsh winter, wet spring
  • 2010

    Spring blossom: 17 April
    Harvest: 4th week June
    Average British winter, Early spring
  • 2009

    Harvest: 4th week June
    Mild though wet winter

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