The Victoria plum, Prunus domestica ‘Victoria’, is Britain’s best-known plum variety. It produces heavy crops of delicious, egg-shaped fruits, ideal for use in jams and chutneys, as well as eating straight from the tree.
Prunus domestica ‘Victoria’ tends to be grafted onto a semi-dwarfing rootstock, which produces a compact tree suitable for small- to medium-sized gardens. A Victoria plum tree will reach about 4m in height. If you want to grow it in a container, choose a dwarfing rootstock such as Pixy.
‘Victoria’ is a great choice for a small garden as it’s self fertile, so doesn’t need a pollination partner to be planted nearby. The fruits can be eaten raw or cooked, making this variety a versatile choice for home growers. Victoria plum tree blossom can be affected by early spring frosts as the tree’s flowering time is from April to May. To protect a small plum tree, you could cover it with fleece. If you are planting a tree, avoid planting it in a cold spot where frosts are frequent.
The lifespan of a Victoria plum tree varies depending on rootstock and soil type, but you would expect a tree on a vigorous rootstock such as St Julien to live for around 20 years. Some may live considerably longer.
How to grow a Victoria plum tree
For the sweetest, juiciest plums, grow Prunus domestica ‘Victoria’ in full sun and planted into free-draining soil. Water newly planted trees regularly until established.
Where to plant a plum tree
The best place to plant a Victoria plum tree is in a sunny, sheltered spot with free-draining soil. Ideally, plant your tree during the dormant season from November until the end of January, so it has a chance to establish a little before temperatures rise.
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The Victoria plum, Prunus domestica ‘Victoria’, is Britain’s best-known plum variety. It produces heavy crops of delicious, egg-shaped fruits, ideal for use in jams and chutneys, as well as eating straight from the tree. Prunus domestica ‘Victoria’ tends to be grafted onto a semi-dwarfing rootstock, which produces a compact tree suitable for small- to medium-sized gardens. A Victoria plum tree will reach about 4m in height. If you want to grow it in a container, choose a dwarfing rootstock such as Pixy.
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