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I use plum moth traps as well. A few early plums are usually affected with little pink wrigglers but I prefer to lose these than spray the whole tree.The later ones are usually all right. I cut them in half to check before eating. I couldn't spray the entire tree anyway because it's too big. My plum trees have only just started flowering (Nottingham)
Our Victoria Plum was planted bare root four years ago, and has yet to blossom. The tree is very healthy and has good leaf , but we wonder if we will ever enjoy any plums.
Hi Manx Cats. You're being very patient, as I really would have expected your tree to flower by now. Plums form flowers on shoots that formed the previous year. By its fourth year I would have expected the new growth that developed last summer to have carried flowers this spring.
Perhaps the tree is just putting on too much new growth to have reached flowering and fruiting age, so encourage it to produce flowers by applying a generous feed of Sulphate of Potash fertiliser over the soil around your tree. Potash is the nutrient needed by plants for flowering and fruiting, so is good to use round all fruit trees, bush
One thing to look out for later on - our victoria was very prolific in fruiting after the previous owner cut it down thinking it was a weed! The fruit all ripened in a very short space of time and the wasps moved in. This was a bit of problem with fallen fruit and barefooted children....sadly the tree has now had to go.
Good luck with yours Manx - once it gets going there will be no stopping it.