Derbyshire, United Kingdom
my czar plum tree crops so heavily that the fruit grows in bunches more akin to grapes, this causes them to develop a mould and rot on the branch due to the increased moisture around the fruit. The fruit isn't always ripe at the time, so can't be used/eaten. What is the best thing to do in order to keep as much of the crop as possible and enjoy tasty home grown, straight from the tree produce?
Thanks for the reply staffsal, the thinning out does happen, in 3 different ways, branches shaken by wind/child, me selecting and i even have feathered friends taking the unripe fruit. Some years the amount of "stones" i have left from the unused fruit could almost be used as a gravel path, or so it would seem from the amount i find on the ground. Hieght is approx' 10 - 12ft.
- 5 Jul, 2011