Plums are a wonderful, resilient fruit, that can usually handle rougher treatment, and will be more likely to ripen off the tree if picked too early, than many other fruit.
Having said that, it’s still worth trying to get the picking times right, and handling your fruit gently, to get the very best result! They’re also more resistant to most pests and diseases, and less likely to be attacked by birds. And on top of that, they’re delicious!
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