Plum tree help please.

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
I have a plum tree which has bent over double with the weight of the fruit. I am going to try to prop it up. Should I thin the fruit or should I prune it back after cropping? The tree is only about 4 years old and has grown quite tall hence the bending.


  • Lotus-eaterLotus-eater Forumite
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    If it needs pruning, then in the summer is the time to do it. So you could do a combination of the two. Thin some now to save the branches being broken and then prune later, completing the thinning job.
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  • TebheagTebheag Forumite
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    Would def recommend thining the fruit also prop up the branches to. We inhertited a plum tree with the house and it had loads of fruit I just left all on it and one by one my branches snapped took it two years to recover as last year had no fruit what so ever on it.
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