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By Ianms

United Kingdom Gb

I have an established Victoria Plum tree, always wonderful fruit, but this year the plums are terrible. They turn brown, rotting on the tree, have terrible tough skin and falling off before fully developed. Can you please help?



Sounds like Brown Rot, but that usually sets in more easily when other damage has been caused initially. Cut some open to see if there's a brown tunnel or horrid brown stuff inside around the central stone, you may have had a Plum Moth infestation. Thick skins may be a reaction to insufficient water at times once the fruit formed and started growing.

19 Aug, 2011


Bamboo. Thanks for response. You set me on a trail to investigate more. We did have a number of whitefly around and I see this can cause stress to the tree, but as the fruit is all disposed of now, I'll have to do more checking. I thought it may have been too wet as we have had an exceptional amount of rain here this summer in the NE.

20 Aug, 2011


Certainly if there's lots of fruits and they're not thinned out and are touching one another, damp weather may well cause brown rot.

20 Aug, 2011

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