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suzanne starts with ...
i Have 2 japanese plum trees they have quite lime almost yellow leaves at the moment, are they lacking a nurient, should i put epsom salts on them thanks sue
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11th October 2007 7:22pm
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Carla says...
When leaves go yellow it's usually a nutrient deficient problem. Whether it's just hungry for a total food-fertilizer or lacking in a certain element, it's showing you something is not right. Plum trees are prolific in flowering and fruiting and need to be top dressed at least twice a year in the growing season. As I am a organic grower I use blood & bone, Dynamic lifter, a dash of wood ash ( I have a wood stove) and heaps of mulch. To apply, I walk all around my tree and throw handfuls of B/bone & D/lifter. Epsom salts is used when a plant is Magnesium (Mg)deficient - visual symptons are chlorosis of leaves followed by yellowing between the leaf veins.
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Carla1
Hogarth Range
14th November 2007 7:38pm
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denise ryan says...
Hi Carla,
I have been given 2 small blood plum trees and would like to know what I should be doing for them to grow into healthy fruit bearing trees. (Both were found growing from around the trunks of 6 year old trees). 1. Will they grow to bear fruit. 2. I'm am trying organic gardening myself and was told pottash will help. The adult trees are probably the best blood plum tress that I have ever seen. Each tree has thousands upon thousands of plums. I hope mine grow to be just as prolific. Your advise would be most welcome.
Kind regards
Denise.
p.s. I live in a sub tropical area.
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Carla says...
Hello Denise,
Growing seedling fruit trees can either be hit or miss. Most fruit tree seedlings do not come true to their parents, instead they have there own distinctive features (like us humans, we are simular to our parents, but not exact). So maybe your plums could be worse, simular or even better than the orginal parent. It's certainly worth trailing out because seedling plums can start fruiting from approx 5 years on. Also I am a bit concerned that maybe you might have rootstock suckers instead of seedlings ( you meationed they were growing from around the trunk). Ask your source are the parent blood plums grafted onto a plum rootstock (we use mariana plum),did the plants lift out easily from the soil or were they attached to the trunk. Plums quite often will grow suckers from the rootstock.
No 2 - Sulphate of potash (potassium) is known to improve the quality of flower & fruit production, colour and minimises diseases such as blackspot, rust and powdery mildew. As Australian soils are low in potassium it would certainly improve your soil quality. Also Organic certifing bodies allow the use of sulfate of potash.
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7th January 2008 8:31pm
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stv says...
Plum trees are productive in both flowering and fruiting and require being top dressed at minimum twice a year in the growth season. I prefer organic feeding and so apply dynamic lifter, blood and bone, a dash of wood ash from my wood stove and a good deal of mulch. Sulphate of potash is noted to improve the quality of blossom, fruit yield, and color and minimize problems such as powdery mildew black spot and rust.

Stelios
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16th August 2009 11:43pm
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Gabbie says...
I have a blood plum tree in Grafton NSW a subtropical area I dont get much frost here
Will I get any fruit?
Thanks
Gabbie
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Gabbie
Grafton, NSW
6th April 2010 12:57pm
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Watch out for this 'super' plum next season
Queen Garnet - a high antioxidant,delicious excellent size, colour and flavour.

I would not mind to have one.

www.dpi.qld.gov.au/16_12924.htm
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25th April 2010 7:25am
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Athan says...
I live in Sydney. I moved into a house which has a Lemon, Orange, Plum, Mango, Peach/Nectarine. They are all unhealthy and I dont know why, could I get a quick snapshot of advice

Mango-Leaves are yellow, flowering fruits parts are yellow...no fruit
Lemons-Thick skin, when you cut open are brown and rotten inside, lots of fruit
Plums-Black holes, when you cut open rotten and a little grub inside, lots of fruit
Orange-thick skin and rotten inside like the lemon, little fruit
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1st December 2010 2:15pm
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amanda says...
Hi Gabbie - I have japanese plums here and we have no frosts - I get tonnes of fruit, so you should be ok. (is a blood plum a japanese plum? if it's a european plum then u may have problems)
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amanda19
Geraldton Mid West WA
1st December 2010 5:02pm
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Cheryne says...
My husband over pruned the plum tree to trunks, they are probably about 1.5 meters high and they were originally about 4 meters high. I can see some buds on them so I know they aren't completely dead. Will they grow back? He pruned them about 5 months ago.
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Cheryne
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21st August 2011 11:11am
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Jason says...
They should survive but you wont get fruit for a while and might take quite a few years after that to get back to being decent, you'll have to select some good branches from the new buds and slowly build the tree back into some sort of tree like shape
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21st August 2011 12:07pm
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tim8610 says...
Hi Athan,

thick skin and yellow leaves on citrus indicate your soil is deficient in Nitrogen, Phosphorus, or both... you need to add a fertilizer rich in these elements and mulch around the base of your trees with lots of organic matter, rotten and grubs inside sounds like they are being stung by fruit flies. you can buy fruit fly spray at any nursary or hardware. do not spray when the tree is flowering you will kill our all important bees, simply spray young fruit just before it starts to colour and ripen. you can also buy and make fruit fly traps.
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