Posted: 30/10/2014 at 09:41
When I joined the forum in spring this year I was considering planting a Victoria plum tree in the autumn. It seemed to tick the right boxes , hardy in the North West, tolerant of clay soil, self fertile and a good cropper. However there have been a lot of threads on the forum about the numerous problems that gardeners with this variety of plum have faced; though I don't think I will be affected by voracious pheasants, which are making me have second thoughts.
There could be two answers:
1) Victoria plum is planted so much more than other plums that it is bound to feature in the threads by sheer volume of numbers.
2) The variety has intrinsic problems and I would be better planting a different variety, perhaps lacking some of Victoria's advantages but a having a healthier constitution.
What are gardeners views on Victoria plum, should I try a different plum, or even a a completely different fruit tree such as a mulberry?