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We have moved into a house with a very old large plum tree. We have been looking forward to the fruit ripening but all the ones we have picked that look ripe have a tiny worm in it. Is it to late to do anything this year? Can we pick them just colouring and ripen them inside? It would be a shame not to be able to eat all this fruit.

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It is possible that the caterpillars are in most of the fruit. You can try to ripen them inside, but they will need to have some colour on them, but probably won’t be particularly sweet. You may be better off letting them ripen, and use them for bottling or jam making. To treat the infestation, you could spray with Confidor. If you can identify the pest as something like the Guava moth, you can purchase pheromone traps from grower supply stores.

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