How To Revive a Dying Plum Tree?

You know that I’m always honest with you and this time won’t be any different. I have to speak the truth! It occurred to me to write this article while I was earing plums, and I can swear about that. But I haver also a plum tree in my garden, so I have always wanted to write this kind of an article.

So, there you have it, finally. In this article I am going to explain step by step how you can revive your plum tree. Let’s go!

Plum Tree – What Does It Represent?

Plum trees are a very trusted provider of delicious plump fruit that may be eaten straight from the tree or transformed into jam, pies, and crumbles. There are now options for even the smallest gardens because trees come in a variety of sizes, including some that don’t require much room.

How To Revive a Dying Plum Tree?

Feeding, Watering and Mulching

Appropriate and timely feeding and watering can considerably improve crops. During dry spells, water your plum tree, especially in the early to mid-summer when the fruit is ripening. Apply a well-rotted manure mulch in the middle of spring to assist the soil retain moisture, control weeds, and add nitrogen.

A top-dressing of dried poultry pellets or a non-organic nitrogen fertilizer, such as sulphate of ammonia, can be added to this as a supplement.

Feed with a general fertilizer strong in potassium in the late winter, such as Vitax Q4. Around trees growing on bare soil, scatter two handfuls per square meter or yard, and around trees growing in grass, scatter two and a half. Plum trees benefit from fertilizers, particularly nitrogen, as a result of their ability to set such big crops.

Pruning and Training

Pruning should be done in spring or summer to keep plums in good form, healthy, and productive as they bear fruit on a blend of one or two year old shoots and older wood. Young trees are pruned following bud break in the early spring, but mature trees are pruned in the summer.

In order to reduce the danger of infection from silver leaf and bacterial canker, avoid pruning during the dormant season or in mid- to late fall. Pruning and training plums can be done in one of three ways: bush, pyramid, or fan.

As larger pruning cuts frequently do not heal effectively, heavy pruning is best avoided. An old, neglected plum tree should have its limbs thinned out over a number of summers. Aim for a crown that is evenly distributed, and maintain the center clear of shoots so that light may enter well.

Instead of leaving bare branch stumps that could be susceptible to dieback, try to prune to a robust existing shoot that is at least one-third the diameter that you are removing. Alternately, cut the branch off completely.

Larger pruning cuts may cause trees to respond by producing an abundance of new shoots. Where this occurs, the shoots must be removed in the summer, leaving only one or two.

Treat Wilted Leaves

The higher plum tree’s wilted leaves appear as a result of inadequate watering. New plantings and plum trees in pots are more likely to experience this. If you see this, give your plants more frequent waterings and relocate the container trees to a more shaded area.

This effect is also brought on by watering it to much, as well. Stop watering the soil till it dries out. After that your plum tree should start recovering.

Treat Insect Infestations


Insects known as scale insects, which prey on plum trees, resemble dark peas growing on the branches and stems. Usually, they have brown or purple hues. To find a horticultural oil spray, ask your local garden center. Spray application is most effective between May and July, when the eggs hatch.

A plant oil wash treatment that is available at your neighborhood garden center is effective during the winter.


Another pest that harms plum trees by curling leaves and doing other harm is the aphid. Spots appear on the leaves, which also become dark and curl.

The most effective treatments for the issue are chemical contact sprays and systematic sprays. To get rid of these insects, some producers sprinkle insecticidal soap and water on the leaves.

Treat Plum Tree Diseases

Black Knot

Black knots are enlargements in the branches that have a velvety texture and change color. They can kill the branches and turn black as the disease worsens. The branches need to be removed and eliminated with this condition. Periodically cleaning your shears with bleach is advised.

Get rid of all the fruit and leaves on the ground as well. To avoid black knots, spray your plum trees with a suitable fungicide in the spring.

Brown Rot

A fungus in the fruit spread by rain, birds eating it, and insects results in brown rot. The fruit becomes infected with the fungus, which results in elevated gray or brown patches. This rot can affect certain plum trees. In the spring, withered and discolored blooms are the first thing you’ll notice.

Remove the blooms, branches, and fruits by making a complete pruning cut. To stop the fungus from spreading further, spray with copper fungicide.

Closing Words

There are many causes of why a plum tree might be dying, but this article covers all the possible steps to take, in order to revive your plum tree. All you have to do is follow those steps and you will have a brand new plum tree, cultivating fresh and delicious fruits.

Further Reading

As always, finishing just this article will never be enough. I have a couple of other articles that might be in handy for you, such as how to revive a palm tree.

If you are the one that mows the lawn among your family members, then you can give it a read to the article about how to clean a lawn mower gas tank.

And finally, you can also read about how to revive a dying azalea, cause such a beautiful flower is worth to stay alive.

Ella Holmes

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