Half shriveled plums

bart1(6/7 Northern VA)July 13, 2012

The pictures below show 3 views of the same Superior plum. I did some harvesting last night and found a bunch that were split (which I blame on recent heavy rains) but there were a bunch more that seemed to be shriveled up on one side. The shriveled section is hard not soft and the other side of the plum looks fine.

Any idea what happened?

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bart1(6/7 Northern VA)

Here's #2

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 4:14PM
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bart1(6/7 Northern VA)

Here's #3

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 4:15PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

Looks like pC damaged plum. I had one just like that...big larvae crawling around inside...

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 10:12PM
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persianmd2orchard

Bart I'm in northern VA, trying to play around with a bunch of different plum varieties this spring. Do you think you'd have a Shiro or Superior plum to spare for taste testing this year? I'm planning to go up to Scott's but he lost his superiors this year to the storm and its also 90 minutes with traffic. I wasn't able to send you a PM but you can email me at pipergates67 [at] hotmail [dot] com.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 4:25AM
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bart1(6/7 Northern VA)

Sure thing Persian!

I have both Shiro and Superior.

I'll send you an email.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 12:04PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Bart, that kind of damage can be caused by stinkbugs. They prefer other fruits to plums but I occasionally see them on my plums.

Scott

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 9:51PM
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bart1(6/7 Northern VA)

Interesting Scott. I have stinkbugs on my plums, but I've only seen them eating along the cracks (from expansion due to rain). That doesn't mean that they're not doing the damage though!

I did find a half shriveled plum yesterday that was in a cloth bag which further confuses the issue.

This is the first time I've seen this problem and it's only on my Superiors, not the Shiros right next door.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 9:12AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

I was noticing a few of my Satsumas have similar damage, and that was the one plum tree I saw stinkbugs on. I meant to cut one of them open to check for a curc but didn't.

Scott

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 10:51AM
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