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Plum Tree Care (continued - page 4)

Plum Tree Care
(continued - page 4)

Care of Plum Trees
With newly planted trees, check in their first winter that they are not lifted by frost, and provide them with water during dry spells. Plum trees grown against a wall or fence will need more regular watering throughout their life.

Picture of Plum Tree With more mature trees, very little care other than pruning and thinning (see later in this article) is required. Your plum tree will definitely thank you for a layer of well-rotted compost spread around, but not touching, the trunk. Early spring is the best time for this, to help preserve water and keep weeds at bay.

An Autumn application of a long lasting fertiliser such as bonemeal will keep them well fed and ready for growth next year.

Because plum trees have lots of roots near the surface, they will often produce lots of of suckers (mini-trees) for 3 metres (9 foot) around the trunk. Regular cutting of these suckers will keep them under control. A more permanent way is to gently dig away the soil to the point where the sucker joins the main root system. Simply pull the sucker away from the root. This will slow down the production of suckers considerably.

Thinning Plums
Plum trees can be a bit erratic in producing fruit - one year they produce too little and the next year they produce too much. In years when they produce too much, it's best to remove some fruit before it matures to ensure a good crop next year and also better quality fruits this year. The other danger of producing too much fruit is that the branches may not be able to support their weight and they may break.

Thin the fruits at two stages in the year. First in late mid-May when the fruits are beginning to form, the again in July when the plums are about half their full size. First, remove any damaged or diseased fruit. Then, aim to thin the fruit so that there is enough room for the plums to develop without touching each other - about 7cm (3in) between each plum.

Supporting Branches
If the weight on some of the branches looks like it may cause them to break, it will be necessary to support the branch with a stake from below. Where this is done, pad the branch with some sort of material at the point it is supported by the stake. This will prevent the branch rubbing on the stake and maybe letting disease in.



Name: Ian Firth
E-mail: Private
Date posted: September 10, 2011 - 02:23 pm
Message: I have a Victoria plum tree that produced a huge crop on some branches wsome of which sadly broke due to the heavy weight. Other branches had no fruit. I cut the broken ends but the tree is in need of serious pruning. The problem is the time of year. Must I wait until June? I would like to prune it now. What should I do?

Name: ken b
Date posted: September 05, 2011 - 07:11 pm
Message: i have 2 plum trees just put them in last year the plums were eaten before i could get any what can i do to stop this

Name: Lucy Moreton
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Date posted: August 15, 2011 - 09:25 am
Message: My Victoria Plum tree is 3 years old and has plenty of plums, however, on the bottom they apear to have a clear silicon/sugar like substance almost like clear honey. There is no sign of any infestation do you have any idea as to what this could be? and do you think that the plums are still edible? Any help greatfully received.

Name: dilini kannangara
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Date posted: August 14, 2011 - 02:33 am
Message: hi!we have a green plum tree which is flowering very well.the tree is healthy too.some small fruits come out but then become blackish and fall.can anybody please giv us a clue?thanx.-dilini

Name: Linda Dickinson
Date posted: August 03, 2011 - 02:10 pm
Message: Hi,I Purchased a Tree some 15 years ago as an almond tree which blossoms in may june,I have just noticed it has which look's like plums on it i picked one and cut it in half and there is a stone in it but still green inside,Its 20ft high can you help me Thank you

Name: Bill
Date posted: July 31, 2011 - 02:35 pm
Message: I have a prune plum tree. Age unknown. Appx. 20 ft tall. Three main branches that fork from the ground and a third from a main branch. The rest is a mangled mess. Not a strait branch in the bunch. Produces some fruit each year. Hoe do I start over with this tree. Plz help.

Name: Raji
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Date posted: June 30, 2011 - 12:45 pm
Message: I have 1 japanes plum tree 2yrs. old. never get any fruits. this year saw some flowers, and 1 babyfruit came, but my unluck the branch was broken. now my problem the leaves and curling ants are there, give me some advise please

Name: Arthur
Date posted: May 17, 2011 - 04:46 am
Message: I bought my tree last year but never pruned it, can I do it now, also do I have to spray with anything.

Thanks Arthur.

Name: Guy Howitt
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Date posted: May 15, 2011 - 07:22 am
Message: WE have a Victoris plum tree. When should we prune it. The advice I've read says June/July but is this right for this type of plum?

Name: Anene
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Date posted: January 09, 2011 - 02:56 pm
Message: Hiya

I never pruned my tree last June. It's two years old can I prune is a bit this January? or is it best to leave it be.


Name: Rebecca
Date posted: October 20, 2010 - 01:52 pm
Message: I have two plum trees in my yard which produce alot of fruit but makes more of a mess than is wanted If I cut one down one of the trees does this prevent the other one from producing fruit?

Name: wanda brote
Date posted: August 29, 2010 - 07:34 pm
Message: We planted plum trees around February. The leaves are curling? And not looking healthy. HELP!!

Name: D. Heaven
Date posted: August 28, 2010 - 04:10 pm
Message: Roadside trees with small yellow or red plum like fruit, about 1 & 1/2", ripe now and fairly sweet. Are they ok to eat or bottle with gin or vodka?

Name: jane pickering
Date posted: August 19, 2010 - 06:55 pm
Message: our victoria plum tree has masses of fruit and a lot of it has a kind of maggot in them.also some ar bad and the fruit is droppin faster than we can rescueit. we have never pruned it and dnt know wen to do it and how much to cut of or wer. if u cud advise please wud be gratefull.

Name: alan firman
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Date posted: August 06, 2010 - 03:35 am
Message: can i prun my plum tree and will get fruit next year