plum "Victoria" heavily laden
with juicy red plums is a very reliable variety for
Scotland and crops well without a pollinator provided
the flowers get pollinated by visiting bees.
I have found that in years when a lot of garden plants
are flowering at the same time as the plum, bees may
prefer other plants and give the plum a miss.
To encourage their attention I have planted a Berberis
darwinii at the foot of the plum. It flowers at the
same time and bees just love it.
fruit growing of plums is aided by winter pruning to
thin out the top growth, let light into the canopy and
assist picking, and a spring feed maintains a balance
of growth to fruiting. It is also worthwhile checking
it for aphids while growing, and spraying to keep these
pests to a minimum.
Victoria is a must in the fruit garden in Dundee.