BBC Good Food Magazine

How easy is it to grow your own?

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Plums are easier to grow than other stone fruits – many gardeners will find they have a glut. But, the trees can be prone to pests and diseases. They need a warm, sheltered site and are naturally large, so nurseries supply them grafted onto rootstocks to keep them compact. Some, like ‘Victoria’, are self-fertile, but all fruit is best with a pollinatio­n partner. Take care with pruning – this should only be done in spring or summer.

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