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Treatment for poorly cropping plums and pears



It may sound drastic, but poorly-cropping plum trees often react very favourably to treatment as set out below. This method must be seen as a last resort. Obviously improving micro climate and pollination are absolutely essential as methods to be tried first.

Consistently poorly cropping plum/greengage trees:
1)      first week of June: remove growth points of strongly growing new shoots.
2)      first week of July: cut back to five-leaf stage and remove growth points.
3)      first week of August: cut out small surplus branches.
4)      first week of September: cut tree back, ready for lifting. Seal wounds
5)      When leaf fall is complete: lift tree, cut roots and plant back in the same hole. Stake and tie the tree to stop rocking movements while roots regrow.

Poorly cropping pear trees
1)      Remove growth points as above.
2)     First week of September: carry out summer pruning programme.
3)      Do not prune during the winter months.

Reasons for poor cropping of fruit trees
1)      Spring frost damage.
2)      Too much winter pruning, causing lack of fruitbud formation.
3)      Pigeon damage.
4)      Lack of pollinating insects.
5)      Poor light due to overcrowding.
6)      Excessive nitrogen  levels due to nutritional ill balance
7)      Too cold during flowering time; as a result flowers abort and fruit set fails to materialize.

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