Is plum tree beyond saving?

Discussion in 'Fruit and Nut Trees' started by Alesig, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. Acerholic

    Acerholic Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    I agree with @vitog re cutting just above the highest shoots; can I just add that I would not cut anything else from the tree until next Summer. All the shoots that are growing now will strengthen and thicken the trunk and you can decide on a new leader or create a new shape then.
     
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    Will do as soon as the rain stops forecasted to last for the next two days.
    Thank you for helping me to learn something new.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    @Alesig, I hope you'll post periodic updates as the tree develops.
     
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    I will. Thanks for your help.
     
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    Hope it's ok to ask in this thread, but my plum tree is looking the same. However all the branches without leaves are still green with the fingernail test. Is the advice here still applicable (cut em off?)
     
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    This is how the tree looks now.


    Should I maybe remove any of the new shoots on the side shoots? If so should I do it now or wait till the fall or next spring? It looks pretty crowded.
     

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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    The sooner you remove unwanted shoots, the faster the cuts will heal.
     
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    Will do. Thanks!
     
  9. Acerholic

    Acerholic Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    @Alesig, agree with vitog, do it now, but do 'not' do it in Autumn or Winter. The result can be a fungal disease called Silver leaf. Do read this link.

    Silver leaf
     

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