The Q&A Archives: Flowering Plum Doesn't

Question: Our flowering plum, about 8 years old, produces very few flowers, or none, each spring. Other flowering plum trees in the neighborhood bloom profusely. Why is ours "barren"?

Answer: Your tree is certainly mature enough to flower! If it's receiving full sunshine, regular water, and not too much fertilizer, it might just need a little wake up call. Try pruning it back a bit this winter to encourage the production of new flowering wood. You can cut the branches back by about one-third without compromising the tree's form. If this doesn't produce flowers, it's possible that the graft was improperly done and it may never flower profusely.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by mcash70 and is called "Moss on a log"