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Growing and Caring for a Victoria Plum Tree: A Beginner’s Guide

by Gregory
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Growing and Caring for a Victoria Plum Tree


The Victoria plum tree is a popular fruit tree in the UK, known for its delicious, egg-shaped plums. It’s a self-fertile tree, meaning it doesn’t need another tree nearby to produce fruit. Victoria plum trees are relatively easy to grow and care for, making them a good choice for beginner gardeners.

Choosing a Rootstock

The rootstock is the base of the tree that supports the upper growth. There are different types of rootstocks available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. For small gardens or container growing, a dwarfing rootstock like Pixy is a good choice. Semi-vigorous rootstocks like St Julien are suitable for larger gardens.

Planting and Care

Victoria plum trees prefer sunny, sheltered spots with well-drained soil. Plant your tree during the dormant season (November to January) to give it time to establish before warmer weather arrives. Water newly planted trees regularly until they are established. Mature trees may need occasional watering during hot, dry spells. Mulch around your tree in spring to retain moisture and suppress weeds.


Pruning helps to keep your tree healthy and productive. For Victoria plum trees, the best time to prune is during the summer, from mid-June onwards. Remove any branches that are crossing, dead, or diseased. Prune back branches by about a third, cutting just above a bud.

Pests and Diseases

Victoria plum trees can be affected by a few common pests and diseases. Aphids can cause leaves to curl and become sticky. Plum fruit moth larvae can tunnel into fruits. Brown rot is a fungal disease that can spread from damaged fruit. Practice good hygiene by removing any affected fruit and keeping your tree healthy to prevent these problems.

Buying a Victoria Plum Tree

When buying a Victoria plum tree, check for signs of damage or disease. Choose a tree that is on a suitable rootstock for your needs. For small spaces, consider a fan-trained tree that can be grown against a wall.


Growing and caring for a Victoria plum tree is a rewarding experience. By following these tips, you can enjoy delicious, homegrown plums for years to come.

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