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Cathy1960
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Plums

Postby Cathy1960 » Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:05 pm

Hello,

We have 2 plum trees in the back garden and this year's crop was really bad. One tree didn't produce any fruit at all and another only produced a tiny amount. Compare this to other years when we have grown enough plums for ourselves and our friends and family!

I was wondering if anyone else had had a bad year for plums too? Or was it just my trees? :(

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Re: Plums

Postby Elaine » Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:24 pm

Hello Cathy. A friend on our site lets us have the plums from his tree on his plot and we have been watching and waiting for them in eager anticipation. Sadly, there weren't many plums and the ones which did make it were awful...all brown inside as if they were over ripe. I noticed that plum trees on other plots didn't have a lot of fruit either....just one of those years maybe??
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Re: Plums

Postby Redfox » Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:06 pm

My plums have done amazinly well this year. I have picked 6 20 litre boxes full off 2 trees. We left about 2 boxes on the trees.
one is a victoria and the other a damson
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Re: Plums

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:17 pm

I think it was the bad weather when the early plums were flowering that prevented them from being pollinated - it was too wet and windy for the bees to be flying.

My early plums hardly had any on, the mid season did better and the late ones have been very prolific.
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Re: Plums

Postby oldherbaceous » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:40 pm

Something has just stripped every single one of my late plums off the tree, so i was very angry indeed.....the anger didn't last many minutes though, and i was soon back to my normal ways. :)
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Re: Plums

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:46 pm

The blackbirds have been feasting on the plums this week, just pecking bits off them, and then the wasps have moved in. I was pleased to see six Red Admiral butterflies enjoying them as well though.
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