Victoria Plum and a Green Gage

Our Czar, Marjories Seedling  and Golden Gage plum trees are maiden trees perfect for training against a south facing wall.  They are grown on a moderately vigorous root stock which, with regular pruning and training will cover your wall in fruit.  These varieties are self-fertile.

Apple Tree
To give you an idea of what size they are supplied as, I have attached a photo of an apple tree delivered to the Kitchen Garden around a month ago.  It is 5 foot tall in its pot and the main stem has been pruned at approximately 4 feet. 

 

You will need to provide the tree with a strong system of training wires such as the GrippleTensioner System, and tie in the side shoots as they develop.  They will need pruning each year in Late Spring/ Early Summer.

 In order to train the trees you need to prune as per these RHS guidelines:

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During the first summer, prune in the third week of July when the young shoots have finished growing. Shorten new branches to 20cm (8in), cutting above a downward or outward-pointing bud. Also cut side branches back to a bud at 15cm (6in). Train and tie in the central leader to the stake

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In subsequent years during April, shorten the central leader by two-thirds. Repeat annually until the tree has reached 2.4m (8ft), after which, shorten the central leader to 2.5cm (1in) or less each May, to keep the tree at the same height

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Vertical shoots at the top competing with the central leader should be removed in late June.

 

I hope this is helpful for you.  Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

 

Kindest Regards

 

Jo

 

Jo Blackwell
Kitchen Gardener
Harrod Horticultural