Flowering Plum Doesn't - Knowledgebase Question

Escondido, CA
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Question by wordsfromwis
August 9, 1999
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 from NGA
August 9, 1999
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.

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