Over 95% of deliveries made within 10 working days.
Most orders (to UK mainland ex Highlands - see below for Highlands) have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat). Smaller trees/bushes are charged at £6.95 plus vat. On orders for several trees, delivery costs increase to £12.95 (and honestly that doesn't nearly cover what it costs us in cardboard and carriage charges!) but you can buy several trees for the same delivery cost - and once you spend £250 plus vat, delivery is FREE. Its all calculated automatically in the shopping trolley so try adding an extra tree or bush for no extra delivery charge.
Mature Acer Trees in 45L and larger have delivery already factored in to the price so there is nothing extra to pay.
Bare root trees and fruit bushes can only be dispatched from mid-November - late April/mid May (depending on weather conditions) when they are dormant.
All trees are sent 'no signature required' so there's no need to be in to receive your order.
Trees are packed in specially designed containers and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.
Scottish postcodes AB, DD, DG, EH, FK, G, KA, KY, ML, TD are charged as ‘England and Wales’ above.
Scottish postcodes IV, KW, PA, PH are charged at between £19.95 and £29.95 depending on the individual order, this charge is calculated at the checkout.
Delivery to Northern Ireland is charged at between £19.95 and £29.95 depending on the individual order, this charge is calculated at the checkout.
Sorry, we do not deliver to other overseas destinations.
Planting advice forOld Green Gage Trees
Plum, gage and Damson trees should be planted at a minimum of approx. 3m between each tree.
Preparing the site
The same rules apply for age and damson trees as those that apply for plum, so for ease we will simply refer to plum trees in the following planting and aftercare advice
When planting plum trees, such as Old Green Gage , it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown plum trees can be planted at any time of the year. Bare root plum trees need to be planted between November and March. If you are not planting your bare root plum tree straight away, it is best to ‘heel in’ your tree. Dig a hole in an unused area of soil and pop the roots of the tree in, gently firming around. If you’re planting within a couple of days, you can untie the bag around the roots, water, re-tie and then store in a frost free garage or shed.
Whether planting a pot grown or bare root plum tree, you will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 3x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.
Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost (avoiding multi-purpose), fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems.
We recommend planting fruit trees using a stake and tie kit. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.
Note: Plum, Gage & Damson trees will not grow happily in a pot long term, they need to be planted in the ground. All other fruit trees can be container grown.
If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young fruit tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger down into the soil a few centimetres and if the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again. Once you see the fruit begin to swell, water again. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.
Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.
We strongly advise using a rabbit guard to protect your young tree as just one rabbit or deer can chew around the trunk, killing your tree before it has a chance.
Pruning advice for Old Green Gage Trees
It is important to prune your plum tree for the first few years after planting to ensure a healthy, balanced shape. Your tree should have one central leader and several strong side shoots. Straight after planting, remove the lowest laterals and prune the rest back to about 10-15cm in length. Carry out this type of formative pruning in early spring.
In the following years, remove any shoots growing out of the trunk to maintain a clear stem. Also remove any crossing, diseased or damaged branches. If your tree is looking overcrowded, remove some of the larger branches to open up the canopy. This type of pruning should be carried out between in spring or mid-summer. Like cherry trees, plums, gages and damsons should be pruned in summer.