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30/06/2014 at 21:18

I have a Majorie plum tree about four years old which has suddenly developed a problem of leaves culing and dying and also the fruit turning yellow/red and dropping.

Several weeks ago I noticed aphids on the back of the leaves and sprayed immediately with an appropriate product. I have been removing the dead leaves and fruit on a regular basis but the problem continues, the branches are showing no signs of decease. I have posted two photos to showthe problem as I can't find anything that shows the same symptoms. I hope someone can throw some light on this for me.

Thanks

Dennis

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30/06/2014 at 23:57
The first photo looks like aphids. If you sprayed the leaves when the were curled up then the little blighters were hiding in the folds.
I'm not sure why plums sometimes stop growing, turn red and fall off. It just happens. With a bit of luck the rest will be OK.
01/07/2014 at 12:02

Curling leaves seems to be a common problem this year,aphids are the cause.

plums falling off is also common,known as June drop, the tree is shedding excess fruit it can't manage, if your trees are heavily laden it's advisable to remove some anyway, to stop weight damaging the branches and then the  remaining fruit can grow bigger and sweeter.

01/07/2014 at 21:50

Many thanks pansyface and Netherfield for your replies, you confirm what I thought

may be the problem, I'll be more vigilant in the future.

 

Dennis

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