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Plum Tree 'Victoria' (SJA Rootstock) - 9L Pot

Code: TR0102
Plum Tree 'Victoria' (SJA Rootstock) - 9L Pot
This is perhaps the most popular of all plum trees thanks to its reliable fruits and its combination of both dessert and culinary plums. Its dark red fruits can be harvested in autumn, whilst in the spring it produces lush white flower blossoms.

SJA stands for Saint Julian A, a Semi-Dwarfing rootstock helping the tree to reach an ultimate height of 4-5m. We also sell this tree on a smaller 'Pixy' rootstock - click here


Characteristics

  • Flower Colour: white in spring
  • Foliage Colour: green in spring and summer
  • Approx. Growth Height: 4-5m
  • Rootstock: Saint Julian A - Semi-Dwarfing
  • Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 150-170cm
  • Tree is approx. 3 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
  • Flowering Period: spring
  • Harvesting Period: autumn
  • Growing Habit: bushy
  • Uses: eating fresh
  • Hardiness: hardy - average winter
  • Exposure: sheltered
  • Self fertilising: yes - (see 'Pollination' section below)
  • Rate of Growth: ultimate height in 5-10 years
  • Scented: no
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: full sun
  • Soil Requirements: neutral, loam, sand
  • Moisture: well-drained, moist but well-drained

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. 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: 4m (12ft)

Suited to almost all well-drained and moist but well-drained soils. Plant in a sheltered location in full sun.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. 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 Group: 3 (self-pollinating)

Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is self-pollinating; it produces compatible flowers that can pollinate each other. However, even self-fertile varieties tend to crop better when another cultivar is planted nearby for pollination. Although this is not necessary to produce fruit, it will offer improved crops. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things a bit easier, fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only a plum tree can pollinate another plum tree. However, if you buy two 'Victoria' trees they will not offer each other any of the additional benefits of cross pollination.

The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another plum tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4).

Fruit Benefits

These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops.

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 itís 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 Coxís 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.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.

Optional Extras
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This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.
 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 3.6/5 (5 reviews)

Rating: 1/5

"There has been a 'clean cut' to the top of the main growth shoot on the tree that was not specified on the product page on the website... my auntie was not impressed as it was a birthday gift for her. I am disappointed as we have been loyal customers to Primrose for years and this has tarred their reputation with us."

Reviewed Thursday, 7 July 2016

Primrose says: "Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you are disappointed with this plum tree. As it is a natural product, each tree will differ from the one we show on the product page. We cannot provide images of what each tree will look like and the profile image is representative only. This Victoria Plum Tree should still grow and be perfectly healthy."
Rating: 5/5

"the tree was great quality, just what my parents were looking for"

Reviewed Monday, 21 December 2015

Rating: 5/5

"Mrs Maas was delighted with her gift. Thank you."

Reviewed Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Rating: 5/5

"As Above"

Reviewed Friday, 31 October 2014

Rating: 2/5

"When ordered I was advised that the trees were between 1.2 1 and 1.5 metres tall, it was not pointed out that this included the pot in which they were planted."

Reviewed Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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