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my dad has this old plum tree which always have plenty of plums on this year included   He has noticed this year that some of his plums are going brown and mushy  Someone told him that its brown rot and my dad was asking me will it keep coming back now every year and how does he treat it??

    

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Brown rot is a fungus and arrives as spores carried in the air and which are always about.  How bad it gets is mainly dependent on the weather conditions so obviously little can be done about that.  However, by picking off any affected plums as soon as they are noticed and collecting and disposing of any fallen plums, you can minimise its spread.  Sometimes affected plums can dry in place and sort of glue themselves to the branches and these should be removed when noticed (often easier to see when all of the leaves drop at the end of autumn.)

    Last edited: 27 August 2017 10:16:30

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