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Tag Archives: Winter pruning

  • Winter Prune Apple Trees

    Now is an ideal time to prune apple trees - if you need to. Newly planted trees have usually been formatively pruned in the nursery and shouldn't need any pruning, however as trees get older pruning may be necessary and it is easier to assess the trees after leaf fall and prior to bud break.

    The aim of any pruning will be to reduce the risk of pests and diseases from crowded conditions ; encourage growth of younger productive wood and the production of good quality fruit.

    First remove any dead, diseased or damaged branches - particularly those damaged by apple canker.

    Prune out any crossing branches that can rub.

    Shorten previous year's growth on main branch tips by about a third.

    Leave side branches (laterals) unpruned so they can develop fruit buds in the second year.

    Remove strong shoots growing into the centre of the tree - aim for an overall 'goblet' shape.

    On old trees thin out any fruit bearing spurs that are congested to about 15cm/6" apart.

    and don't forget to clean your tools after use!

  • Pruning Wisteria

    January or February is an ideal time to winter prune Wisteria. The leaves are off the plant and the framework can be clearly seen.

    The aim is to create a framework that shows off the flowers in May.  On established plants older branches may be taken off if they are too crowded,  dead,  diseased or crossing. You can then cut back all new growth from the main framework to two buds - these become the flower bearing spurs.

    In summer, pruning of long new shoots to five or six leaves encourages bud formation. Young plants are trained to the framework required, tying in shoots as horizontally as possible.

    Wisterias can be trained along walls, pergolas and arches, or trained into standards or a bonsai as pictured.

    Wisteria bonsai Wisteria bonsai

     

     

     

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