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Question: My mother has a young plum tree that is full of small fruits that are falling down on the ground before they get a chance to ripen. What van be done to stop this?
Thank you

Answer: Fruit trees typically do not carry all of the fruit that initially sets. For example, the "June drop" is a way that the tree naturally sheds excess fruit. With a young tree, the crop should be thinned dramatically early in the season because the tree is not mature enough to be able to bear a full crop successfully. If you did not thin the fruit, then the tree will drop some of it as a means of self-thinning until it comes into balance.

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