Asked by: Chris from Dulwich, Lond, 20-Nov-2018
I wonder if you could help? Do you sell mature pot grown plum trees, which would fruit next summer?
Sorry we do not sell mature fruit trees. With fruit trees it is best to plant as young as possible, so we draw the line at 2 years old.
Young trees establish better, and are likely to be more productive when they reach fruit-bearing age.
Generally speaking, the more-dwarfing the rootstock the younger the age at which the tree will start to bear fruit. However it is not necessarily a good idea to let a young tree bear too much fruit too early, as this will tend to prevent it reaching its full size.
A mature fruit tree is likely to be 5 years old or more, at which point it is very difficult to transplant. You will also need special equipment (e.g. a fork-lift) to move it and plant it.