I have very limited gardening experience.....
We moved into this property which had a large, well tended garden, by a
It had this lovely Plumb Tree which produced a huge harvest each year.
However, I had not pruned it for 3 years and branches had grown too
large and the plumbs were threatening to bring them down.
I decided to prune it back last Autumn, however, I think I may have been
too harsh. Now it has many of sprouts from the branches and, not
surprisingly, has produced little fruit. I am told that it has been
"shocked" and is furiously growing branches. I am now afraid to take off
the sprouting shoots in case it makes the situation worse!
Question is, how do I bring this under control to a manageable sized
tree that will produce fruit once again?
On May 10, 1:35 pm, Darren Wingham <darren@realpeoplephotography-DOT-
Depending how you pruned the "plumbs" (aka plums). You needed to
prune the OLD wood, not the new. If you really want action out of
this "plumb" tree in future, look up correct pruning technique on the
Web, and learn to recognize what should come and out what shouldn't.
Even better: Spring for a professional to come in and rectify the
situation, and have him/her teach you proper technique in the process.
Would be $ well spent.
Great, thanks for the advice.
You see I've had so little to do with this fruit, up until now, I even
get the spelling wrong!!
Any more tips on plum tree care greatly appreciated.
Bob F;920860 Wrote:
For pruning stone fruit trees knowing the climate is really not
necessary, that they grow there tells the climate, obviously. Pruning
is best accomplished according to season and growing habit.
"always prune plum trees when they are growing strongly, mid-June is a
Ornamental (non-fruiting) stone fruits should be pruned just after they
flower. After pruning, the new growth in late spring and summer will
produce next year's flowers. Pruning too late will remove next year's
Fruiting stone fruits are pruned while dormant. In my climate, that is
in January. Then, I can most easily tell which is new fruiting wood snd
thin it without removing all of it. Where winters produce snow and
freezes, pruning should be done just before buds open. Then, you can
remove wood that failed to survived the winter in addition to thinning
new fruiting wood.
Many varieties of plum do not really require significant pruning. They
only require corrective pruning: removing dead, broken, or crossing
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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