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