How to grow plum trees
Plant single-stem or part-trained trees on a rootstock suitable for your growing conditions, eg dwarf 'Pixy' or large 'St Julien A'. Choose well-drained fertile soil in a warm, sunny and sheltered site.
Stake, water and mulch your plum trees. You can train your plum tree as a 'bush' or 'pyramid shape' (evenly spaced stems; shorted shoots) or on wire framework, eg 'fan' (tie in main stems; shorten side shoots).
Protect flowers from frost with horticultural fleece.
Harvesting and using plums
Pick plums when the fruit is fully coloured and feels slightly soft.
Tips on growing plums
Grow varieties that flower together for fruit set, ie 'pollination groups'.