plum 'Opal'

plum or Prunus domestica 'Opal'

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit Perfect for pollinators
9 litre pot | SJA root stock | 1.2m £49.99
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This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

A reliable, self-fertile plum which produces a heavy crop of large, pale red fruit with olden-yellow flesh, which can be used for cooking, canning, bottling or just eating fresh. Often likened to an early Victoria the delicious fruit are ready to pick from late July. The single, white flowers are produced in spring this variety is said to be one of the most reliable garden plums. It does benefit from the fruit being thinned like Victorias to avoid biennial fruiting. It is difficult to predict accurately when these trees will start to produce fruit, but as a general rule the potted ones usually start to produce a little after 2 - 3 years, but need between 3 - 5 years before they yield a good crop.

  • Garden care:
    When planting your plum tree, prepare a hole up to three times the diameter of its root system. Fork over the base of the pit in readiness, incorporating plenty of organic matter into the backfill and planting hole. Avoiding frozen and waterlogged soil, trees should be planted out as they arrive. If you've ordered a bare root tree, soak the roots in a bucket of water for half an hour prior to planting, or if this is not possible, they can be heeled in temporarily, covering their roots with soil, or potted up. Protect from cold, drying winds. Apply a balanced fertiliser in early spring to support growth and fruiting. Lightly prune in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker, to retain an open ‘goblet’ shape and remove any damaged, diseased or broken branches.
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