Margaret picked 26 lbs of plums today from one tree. The crop this year has been better than ever, not just of plums, but of most fruit. Why is this? My guess is that it is the combination of these circumstances:
1. A hard preceding winter, which allows the tree to be dormant and kills off pests and diseases
2. Mild conditions during blossom time, so that the blossom isn’t damaged by frost
3. Abundant summer rainfall, so that the fruit can swell and the tree isn’t put under stress by drought.
There’s a drawback to the summer rain, in that we have lost a lot of fruit to mould, but overall the conditions have been good, even though there hasn’t been much sun