My plum trees produce very little fruit now.

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My plum trees produce very little fruit now.
« on: May 08, 2019, 12:01 »

I bought plum trees from Lidl and they produced very heavy crop for two years and not very little fruit. It has happened for the past three years.

Any suggestions? Shall I uproot the tree?
Also, where can you get a big bag of 15/15/15 chemical manure?



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Re: My plum trees produce very little fruit now.
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2019, 16:19 »
Have you been pruning the plums? I can't offer pruning advice myself but when I didn't prune my apples properly they stopped setting fruit. They flowered well but no fruit set.

Maybe post a picture of one of the trees?


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Re: My plum trees produce very little fruit now.
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 21:06 »
I find that it my plum tree (variety unknown, although probably Victoria) has a glut year it is usually followed by one or more poor years.



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Re: My plum trees produce very little fruit now.
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2019, 22:58 »
if a lot of blossom then pick quite a bit out, the tree takes a holiday if too much fruit one year so you need to balance it out


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Re: My plum trees produce very little fruit now.
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2019, 08:28 »
I have a pear and a couple of apple trees - did have a dwarf stock plum tree and a bruiser of a plum tree that I bought cheaply in a supermarket-style shop (possibly Lidl - cant remember).

All the plums trees performed well but the dwarf out performed the cheap huge tree every year. The cheap huge tree fruited fairly well every other year. I chopped it's height (pruned carefully I mean) - didn't seem to worry it - needs to be the right time of year (after fruiting I think I recall).

The pear and apple trees do take a bit of a break every other year as well - a fair bit of blossom but less fruit followed by a year of dripping with apples and pears.

A late frost can knock a fruit tree's ability to set fruit so that might be the cause..  I would leave yours in the ground and give them another chance. Keep well watered, remove vegetation from around the trunk and maybe give a handful of good old pelleted chicken manure to give it a boost later in the year.

Wishing you luck - nothing lovelier than plums straight from the tree :) (Jam too)
« Last Edit: May 10, 2019, 08:30 by Paul Plots »
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