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No plum blossom

My new trees are all romping away. But the plums, victoria and czar don't have any blossom.  

Went to the  local garden centre which has a huge selection of fruit trees, all lined up showing their blossom - apart from the plums! No buds either.

Anyone else budless? image



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,023

    Do they have any leaf buds?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Oh yes, loads of emerging leaves, just no flowers..

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924

    Think everything's in shock after the cold weather earlier so it's probably just that. A bit of warmth and rain and they'll no doubt be fine image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,023

    Well, they are fairly newly planted aren't they?  They may flower a little later as Fairygirl says, or maybe they need to get a good root system established before they try fruiting - you may not get fruit in your first year - but the next year's crop should be all the better for that.  Just give the tree a good mulching of manure or good compost (not touching the trunk) and make sure the ground around it doesn't dry out this summer - that'll make sure it has a good root system.image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • denjoanmedenjoanme Posts: 5

    I have a 5 year old Victoria plum which has never failed but this year no blossom at all.  My daughter's plum tree is the same.   I think it was too cold for the blossom but the apple trees are spendid.  

  • This year, similar to last, there has been some blossom - the wind and rain however have knocked it off the tree before the fruit has had time to set.  As a new tree 3 years ago, mine yielded several pounds of fruit (as did my neighbours' Victorias, established trees). This pattern again however, means that few fruit,if any, are likely to be produced this year.  When the conditions are right the tree will be bountiful!  Stick with it, it will be worth it in the end!

  • Can anyone help me?  My Victoria Plum is at least 5 years old, growing healthily, lots of leaves but has NEVER blossomed!  Next door neighbour (probably 100 ft away) has lots of fruit.  A non fruiting cherry next to the plum flowers, so I don't think it's lack of sun.  I am beginning to wonder if it really is a plum tree at all ?

  • PortnoyPortnoy Posts: 8

    My plum (victoria) has been happy for ~15-20 years.

    Last spring ('12) the late frosts did for all but about one pound of crops.

    This year ('13) - not a sausage. No blooms - nothing. The foliage is lovely and healthy though.

    I'll give it another five years before I decide whether or not to execute or not though.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    My 'Lizzie' plum produced hundreds 2 years ago, but the late cold spell last year (which arrived when it was in full bloom) resulted in just a handful of fruit.  It has blossomed massively this year but I can't really tell yet if much fruit has set.  As most of you have Victoria, I expect each variety behaves differently with respect to the unusual weather patterns during the last couple of years. 

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Rosie 3Rosie 3 Posts: 1

    I also have a 5 year old VIctoria plum tree and have never yet seen a blossom on it. The leaves are still growing but are developing holes and  becoming brown at edges. When Is the proper time for the blooms/ fruit, am watching my tree eagerly every year but again it seems there will be nothing this year. Would be grateful for any advice.

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