Known as the French Prune, this is the plum you want if you are looking for a sweet drying plum. Very high in sugars making it delicious straight from the tree, but even better for drying and preserving. Introduced to Europe by Benedictine Monks returning from the Crusades, this plum was rapidly adopted as the preferred prune plum. It has a deep red, almost purple skin with golden yellow flesh. Ripening quite late in the season as the summer begins to fade. Partially self-fertile, but compatible and improved with 'Green Gage'.
Easy to grow fruit trees, plums are high yielding and best trained to an open vase shape for maximum fruiting. Improve soil with aged compost and manure prior to planting. Water regularly during summer to improve fruit retention. PLANTING TIPS: 1. Before planting, water with a weak seaweed solution to help minimise transplant shock. 2. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Remove weeds and grass to avoid competition with you new tree. 3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and one and a half times deeper than the plant pot. 4. Backfill compost and soil to the same depth as the pot so that the soil in the pot is level with the soil surface. 5. Remove the pot and place your tree in the hole. Backfill with soil and compost mixture. Firm down gently and stake if required. 6. Mulch around the base with organic mulch to prevent competition from weeds, but always keep it away from the trunk. 7. Water now and regularly until plant establishes in the garden.