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Pruning of Fruiting Currants.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender August 24, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

Red, White and Pink currants all produce their fruit on old wood, growth that was made in previous years. Summer is a good time to start your pruning. Prune this seasons new growth, by cutting the main shoots back by two- thirds. Then in early spring before growth starts, cut these main shoots back again to leave 2-4 buds, prune to an outward or upward facing bud. Side shoots can be pruned to leave 2 buds. As these currants are quite vigorous growers, this hard pruning keeps the bushes compact, and encourages fruiting spurs to develop. In late winter or early spring, before growth starts, you can also remove any diseased, dead or damaged branches or any that are growing into the centre of the bush. The aim is to produce an open goblet or bowl shaped bush, allowing a good circulation of air

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Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender August 24, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

The pruning of fruit trees in summer is often overlooked, but it is an important part of fruit tree maintenance. It reduces the height and width of the tree, keeping the growth under control and on apples and pears, encourages the development of short flowering shoots called spurs. Plums, gages and cherries should only be pruned in summer, because if they are pruned in winter a disease called silver leaf can enter the pruning wounds, and can kill the tree. Apples and Pears:  Most of the apple and pear trees we grow are spur forming, they flower and fruit on short shoots called spurs that form along the branches. They fruit on older wood made in previous years. In summer prune only the current seasons growth, this is the new growth made this year. It will be shiny, bright and pliable, a

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