Plum - Merton Gem

Merton Gem Plum

Prunus domestica
A heavy cropping red dual purpose plum similar to Victoria.

Origin: London UK 1923

Pollination:  Merton Gem is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Plum Trees

Merton Gem Plum Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
WA-VIT - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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Adaptabil - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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Brompton - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
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History and description of Merton Gem

Merton Gem was raised by M B Crane at the John Innes Institute, Merton, London in 1923 from a cross between Coe's Violet and Victoria. Not named until 1965.

Medium large, oval-oblong fruit. Red, bloomy skin. Yellow, very juicy flesh. Good rich flavour. Clinging stone.

Moderately vigorous somewhat pendulous tree. Heavy regular cropper.

Main characteristics of Merton Gem

Use Dual Cul & Des
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Season of use  Sep

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Silver Leaf: Resistant

Pollination date  21
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
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Parentage  Victoria