Victoria Plum problem

Hi Guys,

At the start of the year I planted a Victoria plum, purchased from my local trade garden centre. Now 4 and a bit months on the customer has written saying that they believe there is a problem with the tree. They are not seeking any recourse action, just after my opinion of what is the problem.

To tell you the truth, tree diseases are not my strong point and after looking at various sites on the net, I am still at a loss. So why not try the good and varied knowledge on this forum. I have attached a couple of photos that were sent to me. The customer is based on the coast if Fife, ground condition are fine, well drained soil, garden is south west facing. Climate this year has been poor, like most, a roasting April and May, with a very wet June and July with mid temperatures. The plant itself, I am told has three plums on it.


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    From the yellowing between the veins and the browning on the edges, I would say it's a potassium (K) deficiency.

    Using a liquid feed that is high in K would be great. Alternatively, landscape/garden suppliers should stock a "tree and shrub" fertiliser that can be used.

  • PRO Supplier

    Interveinal chlorosis is normally a deficiency as others have said. Deficiency can be caused by a number of factors; comapction, drought which affect the pH - this in turn affects the availability of nutrients.

    Two main causes - iron or manganese deficiency. Iron deficiency starts on young leaves, round the edges and works inward, Manganese/ Zinc starts on older leaves in the middle and works outward. Looks like Iron to me ? Iron needs slightly acidic soil so a foliar/ root feed coupled with a quick pH check....

  • PRO

    I'm also in Scotland John - Edinburgh -  Garden Solutions do top notch mulches & fertilisers including a special winter mulch which has added calcified seaweed. That'll sort out any mineral deficiencies. 

  • PRO
    Saying as we're on plum problems, I have a customer with a similar problem except the leaves on her tree are very curly and malformed. The tree has next to no plums on it this year but I think this may just be a Scottish climate thing!
    She has perennial plants around the base of her tree that keep it damp but unfed to my non-fruit tree expert eye - any ideas? Thanks, sorry for gate crashing your thread John!
    • PRO

      Not a problem, thanks to all the expert advise, my customer is happy and so am I. Thank you all.

      John S

    • PRO

      have you checked for pest signs / damage ? Curly leaves can sometimes be pest problems rather than nutrient problems ? although obviously nutrient problems and unhappy plants often leads to increased pest problems 

  • PRO

    Curly leaves are usually down to an aphid attack earlier in the year probably in Spring.

    • PRO

      Out of Interest it seems to be a cracking year for plums and greengages here in Yorkshire so far .   The Northern Fruit Group is a good source of information .

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