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By Namtar

Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom Gb

Planted a plum tree. Has grown really fast last year to now. Just noticed that the stem/trunk has vicious looking spikes on it. Checked and the original stem has hardly grown and this really big one is coming from below the splice. Wasn't really paying attention.Is there anything I can do about this or do I just dig it up and start again. Thanks.



Best you can do is to remove the spiny growth right back to its point of origin and hope.

9 Aug, 2020


If the desirable part of the tree is still alive, it should recover. You'll have to keep an eye on it though, and rub out any new suckers while they are still soft.

9 Aug, 2020


As above, you need to act quickly to remove the root stock suckers or it'll kill the plum

10 Aug, 2020


Thanks a lot for the responses. The desirable part of the tree is ok, just hasn't grown very much. I have cut down the errant one and will keep an eye on it from now on. Any ideas on what they use as root stock? The leafs looked like the plum but about half the size. The spines were about two inches long, haven't seen spines like that on anything other than cactus. Would wrapping the stump with something stop the suckers from appearing?

10 Aug, 2020


Often Quince is used as a root stock

Stopping them I suspect is like apples, just keep pulling them off, ideally as close to the root as you can get without disturbing the root & triggering even more

11 Aug, 2020


Quince wouldn't work for plums, but wild damson or sand cherry would.

12 Aug, 2020

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