should i water a mature plum tree

Hi all,
I've inherited a plum tree on my recently acquired allotment plot. It is about 4m tall and laden with plums that are around 5cm long and 2cm wide. I've thinned it out to around 5cm between fruits. My question, given the dry summer we're having, is should I attempt to water it? Given it's size, and thus the size and probably bepth of the roots, I wonder if it at all practical.
Kind regards.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,218
    No, it’s not practical.

    Trees need hundreds of gallons of water and if you tried to pour that onto the soil most of it would simply run off.

    They have a way of limiting water loss from their leaves. They close the stomata, the little breathing holes on the leaves. So in hot weather they can account for lack of rain.



    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • neilbradburnneilbradburn Posts: 117
    Thanks, pansyface! I thought it would be futile. Here's hoping those stomata hold back some reserves for some bulging, Ripe fruit :-) 
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