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Kg problem solver

GOT A FRUIT OR VEG PROBLEM? ASK KG FOR HELP

DAMSON IN DISTRESS

I attach a photo of a damson fruit i has become deformed and split. A t e top of the picture is a normal fruit. Cutti into the deformed fruit, I can’t see any maggots or any other pest. About 30-40 of the fruit seems to be affected.

Jean Robson, Co. Antrim

David Patch, professional nurseryman, R V Roger Ltd

DAVID SAYS: Split fruit, where there re no signs of entry by larvae or caterpillars, is almost always due to uneven water levels. If a dry period, when the fruit can’t swell and the skin thickens, is followed by heavy rainfall the fruit will try to expand quickly and the skin will crack. However, this normally happens a little later in the summer, so I think there may be a nutrient deficiency here too. Boron and calcium can both leach from lighter, sandy soils and can cause misshapen fruit and scars on the skin, which split as the fruit swells.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: HINTS FOR HAPPY HARVESTING Joyce Russell has some great pointers to help you hone your harvesting skills DAMSON DELIGHT Fruit expert and nurseryman David Patch extols the virtues of damsons NEW VARIETY ON TRIAL This month we look at two new beetroot varieties And much more!