Yellow plum/damson leaves

pnwalshpnwalsh Posts: 19

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I planted maiden Merryweather Damson and  Czar Plum trees in March this year and they seemed to take well and flowered well. I dug in a little compost at planting time, staked the trees and have kept them well watered during what few dry spells we have had this summer. Despite this they have both put on very little growth and the leaves are quite sparse and yellow. Does anyone know what might be causing this and what/ if anything can I do? I plated two maiden apple trees at the same time and both have flourished in their first season.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 12,645

    WELL, THE GOOD NEWS IS THEY AREN'T DEAD.

    ANY ROOT DISTURBANCE? ( I SPY POTATOES VERY NEARBY?)

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • pnwalshpnwalsh Posts: 19

    Mmmm, but are they on their way out?

    No root disturbance. My potatoes are about 4ft away and I will be extra careful at harvest time.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 48,950

    Autumn? 

    "...tea and toasted buttered currant buns, can't compensate for lack of sun because the summer's all gone..."   Autumn Almanac - Ray Davies
  • I think it's just that they're new in, they had a long dry spring and have struggled a bit since. Were they bare root?  Flowering takes a lot out of a tree (fruiting even more).  They'll be fine, I expect, with time.  Allow them a season to establish. 

    H-C

  • pnwalshpnwalsh Posts: 19

    Hopefully next season they will get going, they just seem so far behind my apple trees. Yes they were bare rooted.

    Thanks for your reply, I feel a lot better now knowing I haven't killed them!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 48,950

    I think March is quite late to be planting bare root trees ... spring is already well under way by then ... and then we had really warm dry weather after that ... I think they've just been marking time and will get going a bit better next year image

    "...tea and toasted buttered currant buns, can't compensate for lack of sun because the summer's all gone..."   Autumn Almanac - Ray Davies
  • pnwalshpnwalsh Posts: 19

    We can thank Keepers Nursery for the late delivery! Thankfully spring comes late in these parts....we got our first crop of runner beans today! I was hoping that it was just a shaky start and next year will see some progress?

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