Plump for plums

Their blos­som is beau­ti­ful, their fruits de­li­cious – now is the time to get plum trees in the ground, writes Mary Lovell-smith.

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EDI­BLES

• When choos­ing plum trees to plant, note that Euro­pean va­ri­eties are later flow­er­ing, and more tol­er­ant of spring frosts and heavy soil than Ja­panese ones. How­ever, Ja­panese va­ri­eties are more vig­or­ous (and thus need more prun­ing) and quicker to come into fruit (and ear­lier in the sea­son). Euro­pean plums tend to be not as sweet, as juicy or as fra­grant as Ja­panese ones.

• In warmer dis­tricts, some seeds may be sown out­side; the more pru­dent and those liv­ing in cooler dis­tricts will sow them un­der cover, such as in a glasshouse, ve­ran­dah or sunny win­dowsill. These seeds in­clude smaller spring cab­bage va­ri­eties, cau­li­flower and brus­sels sprouts.

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