Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:35
Very interesting thread; thanks to all. Esp Grandma T, who seems to have tried all the preventatives and yet still has the issue.
I bought a mature Victoria plum tree two years ago, which had a house and garden thrown in free with it. Seriously, the plum tree was a MAJOR selling point as I viewed the property when it was absolutely laden with perfect looking & tasting fruit. I am such a Victoria addict that I just harvest straight from tree to mouth until I start to feel ill with indulgence. Disgustuing, I know. Anyway.....
First year I lived here all plums were perfect. This year I have a fair few plums with worms. I stand under the tree with a knife and bisect each fruit before eating it. I want it to be a purely vegetarian experience. Also, the harvest is so large that even after eating/cooking all that my family possibly can, I give away some of the harvest and even sell about half to the local greengrocer.
Perhaps the previous owner took better care of the tree than I. He was an exceptional gardener (my main reason for buying the property) and he didn't say anything about pesticide or treatment, but...? How guilty I now feel. Am I worthy of caring for such a treasure?