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No plums this year :(

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Tinkjon Thu 17-Jul-08 10:48:59

I've got a small plum tree which yields loads of fruit every year - more than we can eat. This year there are 2 on there shock I haven't done anything to it, any reason it might be refusing to grow fruit this year? I'm so disappointed!

snorkle Thu 17-Jul-08 13:53:13

Some plum trees are like apple trees and need another compatible plum tree nearby to pollinate. Has one of your neighbours cut down a plum or greengage tree since last year? That would explain it.

Uriel Thu 17-Jul-08 13:54:43

Is is a Victoria plum tree? My grandad had one and every now and then it had a rest, and didn't produce any plums at all.

dilbertina Thu 17-Jul-08 13:56:06

Did you over-prune it by any chance? Think that's what I've done to minesad. Mine also currently has a massive aphid infestation which I'm sure can't be helping. On a more positive note you've got 2 more than me!

MrsOnTheMove Thu 17-Jul-08 14:03:40

We planted a Victoria Plum tree last year, it didn't blossom and to be honest doesn't look very healthy - so no plums for us!

Don't know what to do with it now, on one branch the leaves have turned brown, yet other branches have had good growth?

geekgirl Thu 17-Jul-08 14:05:57

we've also not got any fruit on most of our fruit trees this year
Don't know why - the blossoms just seemed to die and drop off.

DaisySteiner Thu 17-Jul-08 14:08:44

Same problem here - plum trees which produce masses and masses have virtually nothing this year. Fortunately we do have another tree which is absolutely laden - just seems to be one particular variety hmm

Tinkjon Fri 18-Jul-08 23:46:42

Thanks for the replies. I've never pruned it - never even touched the thing! I'm not sure if it's a Victoria plum or not. No neighbours have a plum tree. Very odd - guess I will just cross my fingers for next year instead!

woodstock3 Sat 19-Jul-08 14:59:30

i think they alternate between rest and fruitfulness. ours produced more than we could cope with last year and this year hs a few, sad green fruits on high branches and not much else. my mum's also goes between years of barren and years of plenty.

sophierosie Sat 19-Jul-08 17:57:27

I have none this year - DH attempted to prune it and think it may take some time to recover - there was quite a lot of blossom on it but now the leaves are all crinkly and its not looking at all well. Fingers crossed next year is better...

Flamesparrow Sat 19-Jul-08 17:59:46

Oh I miss our neighbours greengage tree.

Gits cut it down.

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