I have a large plum tree in our garden. A major branch (about a third of the whole tree) loaded with plums has torn two thirds of the way down and is now resting on the ground. What is the best course of action? Is there anything I can do to save the unripe plums as I had planned to make jam with them and have more plums on the tree this year than I have had in the three years since living at the property. I am also aware that Silver Leaf disease may get into the wound.
If the branch is still attached by the cambium (the "skin" of the trunk), then leave it where it is for the time being, support it if necessary, and the plums should continue to ripen. If you would like one of our arborists to come and take a look at it to give further advice, then please make an appointment today.
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