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Should this have flowered by now?

Hi folks,

This black plum has been in the ground for over a year now and has grown lots...its bigger than it looks in the pic.

Yet still no flowers.

Can i expect flowering next year or if not by now then is likely never?







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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,064
    Patience!!

    Trees can take 2 or 3 years after planting to get their roots down deep and to establish their feeder roots.   Flowering requires a great deal of energy which means adequate watering and feeding which can be rainfall and good soil but sometimes needs help from the gardener.

    You can help yours along by clearing away all that scrubby weedy stuff around it and enlarging that circle of stones to one that is at least 60cm radius from the trunk.  give the tree a regular drink in hot and/or dry spells.  This needs to be 15 to 20 litres at a time and poured slowly at the roots so it soaks in.

    Once the soil is moist, you would be well advised to give the soil round the trunk a mulch of some composted bark or bark chippings to help retain moisture and deter weeds.   You could also scatter on some pelleted chicken manure before mulching so that you provide extra nutrients.

    In spring, give it a generous scattering of pelleted chicken manure or tomato feed granules as these will encourage healthy growth and flowering.  The tomato feed will be especially good for flowers and fruits.   


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I only say this because my other trees are smaller yet have all produced flowers and fruit...save for my cherry but that is still quite small.

    Will take your advice though...

    15/20 litres is quite a bit...i water 3 times a week id say at around 6 litres...so 18 litres a week.

    Im in africa... we're very conscious of our water consumption here : )
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,064
    It's better to give one good, deep drink a week than 3 dribbles.  The water will go down further into the soil and the roots will follow it.  Giving small but frequent amounts of water just encourages roots to stay near the surface where they can fry in drought conditions.

    Whereabouts in Africa?  It's a huge continent with widely varied weather systems and, like me here in western France, can be subject to drought so I understand about water conservation.  Even parts of the UK are suffering from drought this summer.

    Mulching the soil will help reduce evaporation and maintain moisture.    
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Ill try your suggestion.
    I saw once an idea i liked where a tube is dug in next to the tree and its dug in deep and water is fed into the tube to encourage the roots to grow downwards more.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,064
    That's a good thing to do at planting time but if you do it now you may disturb roots digging the hole for the tube which needs to be 12"/30cms deep,
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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