Some prefer the folding saw for its handiness but non-folding types are good also. Definitely a damson. I hope so although not sure about how I make sure all the sugar turns into alcohol! These trees when fully grown attain a height that is about 20 feet. While some Damson plums are self-pollinating, all varieties produce better when another European-type plum is planted nearby. The disease is caused by a fungus, the spores of which travel through the air, so there's a chance the tree may become re-infected if the original source of infection is close by. Is it possible that this is a Damson? We may prune your tree before it arrives to your door. So ifyou can, just leave it to mature naturally. Thanks to all of you for your delightful damson updates! I can testify that this is a fantastic use of damsons. Remove any of the infected areas from the tree and discard away from the tree - burning would work well. Because of this, you DO N… ", "Thanks Ben. ", "We planted a Shropshire Damson tree on our property in rural Oregon about 10 years ago, and every year it has produced a lot of fruit. Damson types and the small, round “bush” plums are often quite tart for fresh eating. Hopefully you'll enjoy many years of exceptional fruits. Prune your Damson plum in the winter or very early spring before new growth has begun. Enjoy! This will encourage your tree to put on a healthy crop of plums. ", "After moving to new home 2 years ago with two existing damson trees that had lost all their shape and produced little fruit and the fruit had holes in them with a sticky residue. Either bypass or anvil-type pruners can be used, but a bypass-type is better for close pruning such as is necessary on young trees. Don't prune them in winter as this increased he risk of serious microbial disease. ", "I've heard that damsons take a long time to fruit. Also break off any suckers that grow from the roots or trunk of the tree. I need to replant it soon, like today. Asked August 28, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT. any thoughts on why this might be or what I can do to encourage it to produce flowers and fruit? What you do need to ensure is that it isn’t in a position where it will suffer strong winds or bad frosts which will strip off the blossom. What fruit tree, asked a friend recently, would I recommend that wasn’t too big, looked good, didn’t demand a lot of work but produced a large, reliable harvest that was, most importantly, useful in the kitchen? If you've seen any pests or beneficial insects in your garden in the past few days please report them to The Big Bug Hunt and help create a warning system to alert you when bugs are heading your way. don't worry - there are plenty of good wine making websites; If you intentionally cut down or prune a tree and it is later discovered that the tree was on your neighbor’s property, you can be ordered by a court to pay the value of the tree plus up to three times the value of the tree in punitive damages. We still got excellent harvests. Any ideas how I can restore to full health please? That's an awesome tip - thanks for sharing! Of all the varieties of plums, the Damson plum requires the least amount of pruning. It’s also possible to do this job while picking the fruit. Note: Pixy rootstock will need staking. Fruits are generally oval, smaller, and more variable in color than Japanese plums. What surprises me is that, even in the UK where the fruit has a long and noble history—especially around Shropshire where a damson festival has recently been revived—this fruit isn’t more actively sought after. The fruits images are pretty much identical. I make a lot of damson jam as it's my absolute favourite jam. These things often come in cycles, so it may be that this year is problem free and with the trees another year older and more established they may crop more heavily too. Credit: Vikki Rimmer Damson jam recipe: Many thanks for the tip to remove the stones. Ripe damsons should be slightly soft to the touch - not hard, but giving a little when you press them between your fingers. ", "Hi Stephen V simple for jam! There are other types of Damson, but the Shropshire prune Damson tree is considered by many to have the tastiest fruits. Yet another bonus is the fact that older, a damson requires pruning. Remove branches that grow across the center of the tree and any branches that grow downward. ", "Very interesting reading thanks all, like Amanda above I’m wondering how long i would be likely to have to wait from striking a cutting to fruiting? It sends up long, thin 'branches' from most of the fruiting branches with no fruit on them. Previously, I have been too slow off the mark to get much fruit, esp as it is v large. Search this site for ladybirds and you'll find a photo of the larvae if you're not sure. Pruning helps balance the top growth of your tree with the root system, giving the roots time to re-establish in your yard before spring growth. Thank you", "Hi, Divine. ", "87yrs old make damson jam every year. I was told it would be fine in the sheltered and rather shady corner of my Shropshire garden. ", "I would be pleased to know if it OK to use damsons with mites to make jam? You are recommended to stick to the following instructions while pruning damson trees. Shape the tree and remove dead and diseased branches. To reduce potential problems next year it might also be worth spraying an organic winter tree wash in early and late winter (don't spray if there are ladybirds present however). Replant it as soon as possible. Goes v quickly from green to over-ripe. Thanks for the advice! Prune your Damson plum during the dormant stage in late winter or early spring. ", "Hi Tony. Enjoy the seasonal bounty. Expect your damson to grow to around 10-15 feet (3-4.5m). Is this just to get the sun and can I cut them off when they appear, or should I wait until the season is over. Makes life soooo easy. Pheromone traps can be set up to attract and trap males, reducing their overall impact. ", "Two years ago our damson tree gave us a huge crop. Damsons are usually sold on rootstocks, which help to limit the tree size somewhat. Damsons are by naturesmall, scruffy trees that do notneed nor are improved by pruning. Pruning takes place in the second half of the summer and is simply a matter of trimming back all of the side growths to about 3”. I bet your damson jam is exceptionally delicious. Is this true? Two popular old European varieties (which we invariably sell out of early in the season) are Blue Damson and Bavay's Green Gage. You need to cut back to good, clean and healthy wood, anything less is pointless. The pruning of a newly planted tree is the same as for apples and pears. It can be a very tedious task, so anything to make it easier is great to learn about! Damsons are self-fertile, so you don’t need to plant more than one. That said, they will be nice and soft by this stage, so perfect for making damson wine and jams. I'd aim to pick the lower-hanging fruits if you can. ", "Thank you for the reminder to prune my damson now and not wait until winter. It was planted nearly two years ago but has not yet fruited ( no blossom either obviously!) Terry - I would thin any growth that's getting a bit congested by pruning selected branches right out. Rake up and remove all rotting fruit that is on the ground and any dead or diseased wood you have removed from the tree. For a summary of plum variety trial results, see Stone Fruit Report 2009. After the initial pruning, follow these steps: During the first summer: Prune in the third week of July when the young shoots have finished growing. Much quicker than with a knife and now I don’t have to mash the cooked fruit so am bottling them whole. Also our damson trees have not been printed for serval years except when a main branch gets over loaded with fruit. This helps prevent disease and aids in ripening the damson plums. I dug around the base in February, advice being that birds will eat larvae, plus pruned in July to try and get pyramid shape but this was difficult as leader branch no longer existed. ", "Thanks for that Stephanie! its beautiful and would go well with most food (or just quaffing on its own!) Shape the tree and remove dead and diseased branches. ", "Hello all This is very important. However, if yours is a very exposed garden, there’s no need to despair. Last year nothing much and same again this year. Here's a question, I reciently had to move a Mature Damson tree from my allotment as I could not cope with the amount of work an allotmenet takes. Last year I noticed pigeons in the tree, that stripped the buds. Thin out the fruit when it reaches the size of a cherry. I spoke to it sternly , saying I'd chop it down next year. ", "I have a 25 year old damson (Merryweather - I think!) It goes down especially nicely at Christmas - deep, rich, warming. Can I prune it a little to makeit fit in its new place. ", "I have a sweet eating damson, it is a small variety which is currently about 6 feet tall. 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