5ft 'Seneca' Plum Tree | SJA Semi Vigorous Rootstock | Bare Root

Code: TR0456
5ft 'Seneca' Plum Tree | SJA Semi Vigorous Rootstock | Bare Root
Seneca plums are a beautiful colour inside and out, ripening in late september these fruits will be perfect for baking in the fall months. Having a bright orangey yellow flesh will bring colour and texture to all sorts of pies and cobblers. These plums are also incredibly large plums that are lovely eating straight from the tree as they are so incredibly sweet. With beautiful white flowers that are easy on the eye, they will bring character and life to your garden once flowering and harvest-ready.

Characteristics
  • Arrives as: Bare root tree
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 130-150cm
  • Approx. Age on Arrival:Tree is approx. 3 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
  • Approx. Growth Height: 3- 3.5 meters
  • Rootstock: Semi-dwarfing
  • Rate of Growth: Fast
  • Harvesting Period: Late September
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Flowering Period: April
  • Tolerance:Full sun
  • Uses: Dessert
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy
  • Exposure:Sheltered
  • Self-fertilising: No - their flowers must be pollinated to make fruit.
  • Scented: Barely
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects

Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • One Tree Stake and Tie Kit - 1.2m
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  • All-purpose Liquid Seaweed Stimulant by Empathy - 1L
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: Full sun
  • Soil Requirements: Almost all normal garden soil with pH 6.5 - 7.5
  • Moisture: Moist/ well-drained

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 5m

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Dig a hole approximately a third wider than the root ball. Carefully yet firmly backfill the remaining soil around the root ball and water well during the first year until well established.

Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.

Pollination:

  • Pollination: Pollination group 3, self-sterile

Self-fertilising tree may be planted with our other varieties in pollination close pollination groups to ensure the best pollination. Instances of poor pollination are nearly always caused by bad weather at blooming time, limiting the activity of insects.

Each fruiting tree has ideal pollination partners. These are divided into groups and are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if variety is planted near another tree of the same group, or from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4). The major cause of poor pollination is bad weather in blossom time, limiting the activity of insects.

Fruit Tree Rootstocks

Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:

  • The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
  • How it’s pruned
  • Soil type
  • Position
  • Its rootstock
Some varieties of tree are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For instance a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of tree, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop.

Where you grow your fruit tree and the soil it is growing in also impacts on its ability to grow and thus eventual size. Most fruit trees need a good amount of sunshine to grow well and for the fruit to ripen with high sugar content. Trees growing in cold, open spots will grow slower than those that are protected and warm. The same is true for the soil, with trees growing in light sandy soils generally growing more slowly and not reaching such a large size as those in rich fertile soils which will be more vigorous and taller growing.

Optional Extras
  • Fruit Tree Grease Band - 1.75m
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  • Fruit Tree Greasebands - 1.75m
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

This is a typical example of our root wrapped trees that you will receive - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season. Please be aware that the compost around the roots is there just to keep them moist and will fall away when unwrapped, leaving a bare-rooted plant. You can mix this compost with your soil when planting your tree.

 

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