first year Italian Plums

mrsg47(7)July 27, 2012

Hi all. A strange thing is happening. Just as my small (20) Italian plums (very small by the way, no where near full size) start to turn purple, they are dropping off the tree. Is this ususal? Many thanks Mrs. G also my four Harglow apricots (very small as well) are turning yellow.

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I often see fruits coloring up early, when small or immature, if they're under stress from insects or weather or disease. I get a lot of late PC damage on my plums, and they drop like rain, barely larger than the pits, but colored.

Today I saw a melon, not yet netted, on a vine dying of bacterial wilt, turning color. One of my apple trees that's been very stressed in the drought, has pingpong ball sized fruits with seeds already turning dark.

It's been such a stressed year, I think a lot of this is going on.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 4:19PM
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Thanks Itilton. I think the hot weather has had to do with a lot of stress on the trees. I am really shocked that none of my fruit this year if full-sized. Only a few peaches look as if they will swell a bit more. Is fertilizing a good idea at this time of year? Where I live in RI we have missed every huge rain/thunderstorm that has been on the news. They all moved north, south or out to sea before sharing one drop. Ugh

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 10:25AM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Its weird. Even around here in so cal. Usually the tons of neighborhood peach/plum trees all have pretty nice sized peaches on them by now but very few have them if any. The ones that do have peaches or plums are very small.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 10:56AM
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Yes, I had a pretty good load this year on a plum tree, and all dropped during the hot dry weather. I think when the trees are under heat and water stress, they will drop fruit to survive.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 12:12PM
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