Dadgum plums

sujiwan_gwMay 26, 2013

I planted two prune plums supposedly compatible about 3-4 years ago. For the second year in a row, I get blossoms and what looks like fruit set, but while they are still the size of large hat pins, the tiny plums and their stalks turn yellow and fall off at the mere touch of a finger. I haven't yet gotten any plums to stay and ripen on these two trees. They came into bloom during one of our April warm spells which was followed by cold temps and frost. None of the leaves on the plum trees look damaged and I have seen no insect pests or diseases.

Do I have to plant plums in highly protected locations from wind and frost (we do get cold wind in the spring in our PA yard)? I thought they were tough enough for zone 5. Is it a pollination issue?

I really want some plums to set and stay!

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Your description sounds like pollination problem

    Bookmark   May 26, 2013 at 8:53PM
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I have an 'Italian' prune plum. This is its 7th year birthday. Last year it held only 22 plums, but this year the tree is loaded. There will always be plums that will turn yellow and fall off, as there is only so much your tree can handle! I have learned that these trees to not readily fruit and are not in the least bit precocious. They take their good old time to fruit, but when they do (in a couple of years) you will be very happy. Patience. Mrs. G

    Bookmark   May 26, 2013 at 10:53PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Spent a little while there wondering whether Dadgum was a US cultivar .....

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 10:43AM
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Thank you. Laughed out loud.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 11:29AM
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