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Plum tree bough split

Unfortunately the wind got to my plum tree before I was sensible enough to go and prop a rather heavily weighted bough.

It's split away but not as yet fallen; the fruit are just short of being ripe - will they ripen if I leave them on, or should I now pick them and pack them with a banana or something?.

And secondly am I now in danger of getting silver leaf into the tree?


Rob (nr Edinburgh)


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,043

    See my question about Damsons,  except our tree fell over in two pieces.

    We actually pick our Victoria plums when they are just turning pink. We find that they ripen in the house without any help from banana skins. We do this otherwise we lose most of the fruit to the birds and then wasps.

    The danger from Silver leaf is, I think, a little exaggerated. If there are no trees with it in the vicinity then you are not likely to get it.

  • ambodachambodach Posts: 20

    Very many thanks for that.  Fortunately I'm pretty rural and will take considerable comfort from your comment about silver leaf.

    Off to pick the plums !


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Should you have thinned the fruit to prevent the bough splitting?

  • ambodachambodach Posts: 20

    I did - several times as the summer went through.  Unfortunately the wind this past week has been rather strong locally.  

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