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I have a grove of plum trees that make a nice addition to the landscape, but too much fruit is a problem. Is there something to treat the tree with so it doesn't produce fruit?

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There a couple things you can do.  There is a product called Florel Fruit Eliminator - a hormone that you spray on.  You should be able to find it at a good nursery.  The word is that it works well the first year and then not as well in succeeding years.  It seems as though the trees develop an immunity to it.  Another way would be to use the garden hose and physically spray the tree when in bloom to knock off the blossoms.

Posted on 13 Feb 2008

Linden Greenhalgh
4-H and Agriculture Agent, Tooele county

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