Harvesting Plums from Overgrown Tree

kitkatgoJune 30, 2013

Hi our gorgeously producing and tasting plum tree has grown to an unmanageable height so that this year we cannot reach half the plums.. (about 20 feet tall)... are there tricks for catching plums on the ground, shaking the tree, etc.... I don't think this tree can be shortened any time soon... I'm very much a novice and we inherited this tree when we bought the house...

thanks for any advice you can spare me! :)

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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

PVC pipe works A Tee and 2 elbows I like 1" heavy walled pvc put tee on end then cut short pieces stick then into tee on end short piece put elbows then cut 2 foot pieces stick into elbows that make guide to stay on limb. You pad inside U as you think needed duct tape be my choice. You cut female end off with length pipe on female end so make for different heights. bang limb about half way give good shaken. I'd use blue tarps to let fruit fall onto 2 small as you find should work for half tree.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:47PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Or search fruit picking pole and make a homebrew version of one of those or buy one.


PS Look at the Youtube below for another simple homebrew picker.. all you need is a longer pole.

Here is a link that might be useful: Simple pole picker

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 5:17PM
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Or cut down whole branches with ripe fruit on them to kill two birds with one stone.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 11:33PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I pick with ladder.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 1:09PM
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"Or cut down whole branches with ripe fruit on them to kill two birds with one stone."

I do that with my wild grapes. I back my pickup up and fill the whole back end up with grapes. That is the only time they ever get pruned and it seems to work great.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 1:44PM
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