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Plum Fruit Drop

Our plum tree is 7+ years of age. Each season is absolutely covered in flowers. Fruit buds appear and then drop. This season 1 piece of fruit that matured.

Submitted: 08:59AM, 05 Nov 2018
Answer: Hi Robyn,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

The fruit drop is a sign that the tree is under stress or lacking nutrients.

To assist the tree with getting its health again, it is important to look at the soil, watering and what you feed the tree. Water regularly in the morning to keep the soil lightly moist. If the water sits on top of the soil it is not getting to the roots. This is where we recommend applying Yates Waterwise Soil Saturator.

Feeding your tree is important. Without enough potassium the tree can loose its fruit quickly. Feed regularly with a combination of Yates Thrive Naturals Citrus & Fruit Pelletised Plant Food and Yates Thrive Citrus & Fruit Liquid Plant Food.

Finally, check that the soil is in good condition. If the soil is heavy in clay, apply a liquid gypsum twice a year to assist. If it is sandy or lacking organic matter, regularly add compost to incorporate into the soil. Check that the pH is neutral (from 6-7). If this is higher or lower it can also contribute to the fruit drop.

Remember, if you do need any further information or assistance, we are here to help.

Kind regards

Yates Horticulturist

Answered: 05:13PM, 05 Nov 2018


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