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hi need help planted 2 new plum trees last year got a few fruits from both trees but dont know what to do now that spring is coming 

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 6,511
    Hi Samuel! 

    Your plum trees will benefit from being fed before they come into leaf (now is ideal).  I use chicken manure pellets (the garden centre sells them in a big tub  - they pong a bit, but are good for organic gardeners).  Or you can use Growmore if you happen to have some.  Look at the tub to find out how much to use - and don't be tempted to over-feed, as it can do more harm than good.  They also like a mulch of compost if you have any.

    They won't bear a lot of fruit until they are growing well and have settled into your garden, so don't be surprised if you don't get a lot for a few years.  

    You probably won't need to prune them yet.  Plums often don't need a lot of pruning; you just want an open-centred bush in the end.  If you feel you do need to prune (maybe because a tree is growing lop-sided), do it in spring or summer, never in winter.  Plums can get a disease called silverleaf if pruned in winter.

    Good luck!
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • liriodendron thanks for your coment as i need all the guidence  i can get 
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