My mini tree is around 4 years old now. It had a mass of blossoms in the spring but they have all dried up into dead clumps. In fact this happens most years.

What am I doing wrong?

  • Do you know what variety of plum it is? What are the conditions that it's kept in: in-ground vs. container, sun vs. shade, how much and how often do you water it, etc. A photo of the tree would be useful too
    – Niall C.
    Jun 5, 2014 at 14:14
  • In addition to Niall's questions, how many years have you had flowers already, and how many flowers would you say you had (was it covered in blossoms? or were there just a few here and there?)
    – michelle
    Jun 5, 2014 at 14:16
  • Was it labeled as self-fertile?
    – J. Musser
    Jun 6, 2014 at 0:54

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As you've described the blossoms 'all dried up into dead clumps', I'm assuming those clumps remain on the tree. If that's the case, your tree is probably suffering from Blossom Wilt, a fungal infection. Treatment involves spraying with copper oxychloride (if that's available where you are) just before flowering - next year, now of course. In the meantime, prune out affected spurs (the branchlet behind the flowers) and inspect the leaves and stems closest to the blossoms - if they have pinprick sized buff coloured raised pustules, or there's die back, cut back beyond that point.

If the clumps of blossoms fall from the tree and don't remain withered there, this advice isn't relevant.

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