fruit tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by MURZKAT
July 24, 2007
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 from NGA
July 24, 2007
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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