What to do when a plum tree won't bear fruit

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What to do when a plum tree won't bear fruit
White flowers precede juicy plums on a healthy plum tree. (white flowers of plum-tree image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

Plum trees typically don't bear fruit until they are 3 to 5 years old. Your plum tree might simply be too young to bear fruit. Continue caring for it and it will produce fruit.

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Lack of Plums Indicates a Problem

In order to bear fruit, your plum tree must be healthy. Fertilise your tree in the spring as soon as new leaves bud to add nutrients to the soil. Check your tree for insects or fungal infections that may stress it enough to keep it from flowering. Many plum trees need another plum cultivar nearby to cross-pollinate for fruit to develop.

Bottom Line

Know what variety of plum you have in order to provide optimal growing, flowering and fruit-producing conditions. Lack of fruit on an immature tree doesn't indicate a problem; however, lack of fruit on an adult tree indicates a problem requiring action.

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