What's the Deal With: Bellingham's plum shortage?
Last updated 10/13/2022 at 12:28pm
If you were looking forward to a bountiful plum harvest in Bellingham this fall, you aren't alone if your gathering efforts seem fruitless.
Local plum trees might produce less fruit for a variety of reasons, and the exact cause is impossible to determine, said Lynn Loveland, a horticulturist at My Garden Nursery. But calcium deficiencies, pruning blunders or a lack of pollination could all lead to a less-than bountiful harvest. This year, the chilly, wet spring could be a particular culprit when it comes to pollination shortage.
When it's dreary outside, pollinators tend to tuck themselves away, leaving blossoms unable to produce fruit, Loveland said.
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