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Plum Tree.....

Valencia & Tenerife, Spain Es

My plum tree, which fruited well this year, has many "sticky" patches on the trunk and a big sticky mass at the bottom of the trunk. Does anyone know what is causing this, and a possible solution.




Looks like the tree has been damaged by an animal, the sap is bleeding out. Wrap the trunk with a piece of hessian, grease outside with vaseline.

5 Oct, 2009


Thanks Doctorbob. I donĀ“t know anything about fruit trees so excuse my ignorance - when you say animal, do you mean some kind of bug? We are in Spain so have loads of ants & midges. Whereabouts do I put the hessian band and how wide should it be?

5 Oct, 2009


Wind the hessian over the marks as you would a bandage on a wound. It would be a big animal, here it could be deer, we know you are in Spain. Alternatively has someone damaged the tree when working near by.

5 Oct, 2009


Thanks DB, we had a Spanish guy go over the orchard with his tractor in June this year, do you think that could that have caused the problem?

6 Oct, 2009


Yes Gwen, you may well have solved the problem it sounds very likely this could be the cause.

6 Oct, 2009


Thanks again DB

7 Oct, 2009

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