I had a bad infestation (on sweet peas) so I drenched them in soapy
water. The greenfly were washed away, but now the plants look scaly and
yellowy-white. The flower stems are very short and the buds tiny and
tight. Some have dropped off. A week later now, I have drenched them
with fresh water to get the soap out. They look no different. Should I
just cut off all the flower stems to make new ones grow? No flowers have
come yet on any of the plants but we are late here anyway. I just have
all tight buds.
> My plum tree has barely four fruits but last year and the year before it
> was full so it can't be one of those alternating year ones. Last year I
> shook it to get the plums down. Could this have damaged it?
> but short of clicking on 'new thread' I can't see how to put questions
> inthe right place. There isn't much in the way of help for people not
> 'in the know' about how to use a forum.
Clicking on "new thread" is just how to do it. You are in edible
gardening, where else did you want it to be?
Many fruit trees have it in them to become alternate year bearing if
they have a heavy year, or run of heavy years, and feel the need to
recover. Next time it looks like your tree is heavy laden, perhaps thin
it a bit.
You can also lose most of your fruit in a given year if there is a dry
spell or a frost at just the wrong time.
In the S. Sound near Mt Rainier, I had plenty of bees since early
May, mostly Bumbles and Masons working the early flowering trees.
Thick as thieves right now on the Cones, Lavender, Oregano and
Marjoram. However this years cool wet weather did cause a bit of
brown blossom rot to come out on the cherry and plums, also lots of
Powdery Mildew settled on the Hazelnuts and Blackberries. Saw signs
else where from the Quinault area south to Oly.
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