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Is there something up with our greengage?


I was doing a bit of pruning, and was going to chop off the little shoots off our greengage and noticed the bark splitting on one of the trunks. Could this be a disease? It might explain why we had very little fruit last year!



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720

    Bark splitting on plums can be due to a bacterial canker,  or a viral infection. Either way,it is bad news, and could allow silverleaf disease in, which will kill your tree. If the leaves look to have a silver sheen on when it comes into leaf, I would dig it out and burn it. If not, your tree may live longer with the effects of the canker, but will always be sickly.

  • Thank you for your reply fidgetbones, I was worried that's what it might mean. If we dig it out, would we need to do anything to the soil it's been in before we think of putting in something to fill the gap?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720

    Just don't put another plum , damson, or gage there.

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