Why do most of my blood plums set fruit then fall off?

I have a blood plum each year heaps of flowers, small plums set then 85% fall off. Tree is approx. 6 years


31 October 2011 08:16 AM

Dear Angela,

I can appreciate your frustration when all those little fruits appear only to lose the majority of them before you can harvest them. Do you have a pollinator for your blood plum tree. Suitable pollinators are. 'Satsuma' Santa Rosa' & 'Narrabeen' Fruit drop occurring shortly after fruit set is usually due to poor pollination. The absence of bees can also contribute to this problem with regard to pollination. Wet weather can also keep the bees away. Windy conditions can also cause blossom and small fruits to fall. Besides poor pollination, lack of watering or overwatering, lack of nutrients can also be responsible. Feeding the trees regularly with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser or Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Liquid Plant Food will certainly help to provide required nutrients to the trees when flowering and fruiting. Sometimes it appears the odds can be against us but we as gardeners refuse to be beaten and push on regardless. Keep your tree healthy by regular feeding and watering and hopefully next year your tree will be able to produce some viable fruit for you.

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