Victoria Plum Trees: Tips For Growing Victoria Plums In Gardens

Victoria Plum Trees: Tips For Growing Victoria Plums In Gardens

By: Teo Spengler

The British love plums from Victoria plum trees. The cultivar has been around since the Victorian era, and it’s the most popular plum variety by far in the UK. The lovely fruit is particularly known as a cooking plum. If you start growing Victoria plums on this side of the pond, you’ll want to stock up on Victoria plum tree information first. Read on for a description of the tree as well as tips on how to grow Victoria plums.

Victoria Plum Tree Information

Victoria plums that ripen on a tree in your backyard orchard are really delicious eaten fresh. However, if you buy them in supermarkets, they may have been picked early and allowed to ripen off-tree, reducing the flavor. In either case, the plums from Victoria plum trees are excellent in jams and pies. The flesh cooks up to a puree the color of a sunset. It has a great sweet/sharp balance, with just a taste of almond.

It’s the color of the Victoria plum that is the tip-off as to ripeness. According to Victoria plum tree info, the plums grow in green, then transform to a bright orange before ripening to plum purple. Pick them when they are red/orange for the perfect cooking plums, but for eating fresh out of hand, harvest the plums when dark reddish purple.

The trees are available on standard “St Julien A” rootstocks as well as smaller rootstocks. Standard trees grow to 13 feet (4 m.) tall, while with the smaller VVA-1 rootstock, expect an 11-foot (3.5 m.) tree that you can trim down to 10 feet (3 m.). Victoria plums grown on the Pixy rootstock can grow to the same height as on the VVA-1. However, you can prune them down much smaller, to 8 feet (2.5 m.).

How to Grow Victoria Plums

If you are tempted to start growing Victoria plum trees, you’ll discover that it isn’t too difficult. These are fairly easy-maintenance trees if you site them well. Victoria plum trees are self-fertile. This means that you don’t necessarily need another plum species in the neighborhood in order for your tree to produce plums, but it still helps.

So exactly how to grow Victoria plums? You’ll want to find a site that will accommodate the tree’s height and spread. The site should get full sun but it should also be sheltered from wind and weather. This will keep high winds and late frosts from damaging the crop.

Growing Victoria plums is far easier if you start with excellent soil. Make sure it is well-worked and add in organic compost before you plant. You can mix in some fertilizer too. This plum tree tolerates poor conditions, but the more favorable they are to begin with, the better the fruit will be.

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Plum Tree Victoria

Prunus domestica 'Victoria'

  • Eating Plum.
  • The Nation's favourite! Reliable and heavy cropping.
  • Purple red fruits are sweet and juicy.
  • Self Fertile.
  • St Julien A rootstock.

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'Victoria' Plum Tree

Named in honour of the much-loved Queen, 'Victoria' Plum is the UK's favourite plum variety by a mile and deservedly so! The delicious fruits are ready to pick year late in the summer and taste simply mouth-watering when eaten straight from the tree. With the remaining fruit you can make jams and preserves and of course, eat them stewed with custard!

Having been discovered in Alderton, Sussex in 1844 and grown and enjoyed by gardeners every year since, 'Victoria' really has stood the test of time - undoubtedly because of its sublime flavour and productivity - a fully established tree of this 'self-fertile' variety will produce up to 100lbs of fruit in a bumper season!

Supplied on a 'dwarfing' rootstock. Fruits are ready to pick each July and taste simply mouth-watering straight from the tree. A fully established tree of this self-fertile variety will produce up to 100lbs of fruit in a bumper season!

I just had to tell you that I bought a Victoria plum tree and a sweet cherry tree earlier in the year. Both arrived in wonderful condition, spent some time in a bucket having a good drink as recommended, then planted. I was fascinated to see blossom appear on both trees. Considering they were young dwarf stock I hardly expected to see that. I expected they would spend their first few years putting down roots.

I have just eaten the first plum of 6 my little tree produced. Oh my, what flavour, what sweetness! It truly stopped me in my tracks.

Anyway I thought I just had to tell you what joy my little tree has brought.

Plum Victoria

Prunus domestica 'Victoria'

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The popular and best-known variety with gardeners, commercial growers and the general public, when we say, 'plum coloured', we are referring to the colour of the Victoria Plum. Not to be judged by the bland examples you get in supermarkets, home grown Victoria plums should be left on the tree until they are fully ripe between August through to September, when their orange colour becomes a deeper shade of red. Delicious and fresh, these are the perfect addition to your autumn garden. If using in culinary dishes then we recommend harvesting when the fruit is slightly under ripe, where it can then be used in jams and desserts. Despite being quite susceptible to disease it holds an RHS Award of Garden Merit and is very easy to grow. The reason for this is its tenacious ability to produce an abundant crop regardless of any disease or broken branches it has. A tree with real character that will produce pretty Spring blossoms attracting butterflies and birds into the garden, creating a wonderful feature. All our varieties of Plum tree are self-fertile with 'Victoria' reaching a mature height of four metres. Two-year-old bare root trees supplied.

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