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    Default Old Plum tree - pruning??

    The garden I'm working in this year has a plum tree that is fairly old. Don't really know. Last year, apparently several branches broke under the weight of fruit. Can I, and should I, prune this tree. It is approx 15feet high, but has branched out so that there is no real trunk. I believe it is a Victoria, but it may not be. If I can prune, how savage can I be
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    I wouldn't Jonny not yet. Plums really need to be summer pruned else you run the risk of infection getting in (silverleaf I think it's called) If you prune now you'll get loads of leaves & growth & not many plums. Also, when it's got leaves on you can see which bits are dead & take these out.

    It's the 3 d's - Dead Damaged & de other one I can't remember (diseased, I remembered!!)

    Also You can remove some of the fruit after June Drop has occoured to cut down on weight, then earmark the ones to cut back later on if you really want to cut it back hard, but seal the ends with Aborex I think it is to stop infection.
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    Thanks NTG. Filed so I won't forget:-)
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    Ooops I pruned mine a few weeks ago to create shape for my fruit arch - now I am worried.
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    you will probably be OK Andrew, as it would help it establish if it doesn't fruit this year anyway. Also, as its a new tree it won't have the tangle of branches that old & neglected trees have.
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    I have set it up as a cordon between two apple trees. See how it goes, it is the centre of my fruit arch.
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    Plums are fairly vigourous plants, so yu may have to cut the summer growth back by about a 1/3 to keep it in check.
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    Cheers, will keep an eye on it
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