Plums are the most popular of all 'stone' fruit to grow, and probably the easiest as well. However, because they flower early in the season - they can be at risk of late frosts and cold wet periods in more northerly and exposed situations resulting in a poor crop. To help to offset that - choose a warm sunny spot in the garden, where the blossom can receive sunshine, and the pollinating insects will gather, and consider one of the later flowering varieties. Many plums are self-fertile, but even they will benefit from hand-pollinating on a dry day if the pollinating insects are not out and about doing foraging.

Plums may have been one of the first fruits domesticated by mankind, as it is not found in the wild, only around human settlements: has been traced to East European and Caucasian mountains, Plum remains have been found in Neolithic age archaeological sites along with olives, grapes and figs.

Top fruit trees are all supplied as bare root plants during the winter months (November - March).

For help with choosing the correct rootstock for your needs, please click here A Guide to Rootstocks