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Plum 'Mirabelle Ruby Column'

Hardy Tree

What is Hardy Tree?

Dark red plums with red flesh

Delicious peach-like flavour

Easy to grow in pots and even on balconies

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A space-saving variety that makes a superb choice for small gardens or container growing on a sunny patio. Plum ‘Mirabelle Ruby Column’ features a slender footprint, reaching only about 80-100cm in width. Attractive spring blossom is followed by deep red fruits that are one of the largest of Mirabelle varieties. With dark flesh and a fresh peach-like flavour, they make a useful addition to the kitchen. Use them in pies, crumbles, preserves and sauces. The fruits ripen in September, making a fine display before they are harvested. Height: 3m (9.8ft). Width: 1m (39in).

  • Rootstock: St. Julien - Semi vigorous reaching a mature height of up to 4.5m (14')
  • Self fertile

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 4 years.

Useful links:

How to grow fruit trees Fruit rootstock guide

Height Up to 3m (9.8ft)
Spread Up to 1m (39in)

Hardy Tree

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1 x 18cm Potted Plant (St Julien A Rootstock) (KF7113)

Plant plum trees in any well drained soil in a sheltered, sunny position. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and drive the stake into the ground to support the tree. Staking after planting may result in damage to the root ball. Plant fruit trees at their original soil level and firm them into the ground. Fasten the tree to the stake using a tree tie, and water well.

Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Feed and water plum trees during particularly dry periods.

Care should be taken when pruning plum trees to avoid winter pruning as this leaves plums prone to silver leaf disease. In the first spring after planting, select 3 or 4 well spaced branches on a clear trunk of at least 75cm (29"), and shorten them by two thirds. Remove the central stem to just above the highest of the selected branches. Remove any laterals below the selected branches. In the following spring, select 2 or 3 sub laterals on each branch and shorten these by half to create a balanced, open framework. Remove any weak or badly placed shoots completely.

In future years, plums will require pruning in late spring to remove damaged, badly placed or diseased wood. Thin heavy crops when the fruits reach the size of hazelnuts to prevent the branches from snapping under their weight. Allow one fruit every 7-10cm (3-4") along each stem.

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