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By Lyn99

United Kingdom Gb

Hi, we have a large Victoria plum tree which is loaded with fruit every year but the plums go rotten before they ripen. Someone said we need to put a band of creosote sodden sacking around the base early in the year but it hasn`t made any difference.



I think the sacking with creosote is for codling moths on apples. Plum moths need a pheromone trap in spring to control them.

28 Aug, 2010


Usually rotting plums is a sign of poor air circulation through and around the fruit. Rainy days, as the fruit gets to the ripening stage, don't help either. Perhaps a little judicial thinning earlier in the year might help. Some old trees are prone to the rot problem, often because of the huge amount of fruit. One plum rots, and because it is touching others, the rot can spread easily.
Phil J

29 Aug, 2010

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