Feel­ing fruity

From spring blos­soms to juicy late sum­mer fruits, a plum tree is the height of good taste

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’ be­tween 8ft and 10ft. Al­ter­na­tively, grow them in a fan shape against a sunny wall.

Thin the fruit in May and June to en­sure fat plums. This means leav­ing an inch or so be­tween each fruit, dis­card­ing smaller fruitlets.

As plums get ripe they be­come heavy and with­out thin­ning branches can sna snap un­der their own weight. If y you need to prune, do so only in JuneJ and July, but never in w win­ter as sil­ver leaf dis­ease – w which they are prone to – can en­ter through the cut this way.

Other pests in­clude bullfinches who love to pick o off and eat dor­mant buds in w win­ter, so you may need to net yo your tree if this is a prob­lem.

W Wasp traps in sum­mer can hel help if they are a nui­sance.

Fruit with white pus­tules are in­dica­tive of fun­gus ( brown rot) so re­move from tree and wind­falls from the ground. ‘ Czar’ has some re­sis­tance to this fun­gus.

Fi­nally, watch out for cater­pil­lars who will eat your pro­duce.

Pheromone traps can deal with moths and pre­vent them breed­ing and, again, re­move in­fected fruit from the ground to dis­rupt their re­pro­duc­tive cy­cle.

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