a cherry tree
is the best time and how do I prune my cherry tree? Can I cut it
back so it dosn't get too big?
stonefruit are pruned in winter, when the tree is dormant.
However, cherries are usually pruned in summer, to reduce the attack
of a disease called "silver leaf".
Cherry trees tend to
get very large very quickly, so pruning to a desired height (around
5 metres) is a good idea. Cover pruning cuts with a pruning
paste which specifically protects against silver leaf. Prune
off dead, damaged or diseased wood. Shape the tree into an
open vase-shape if you can. Cherries fruit on 1-year-old shoots
and lateral spurs, so you can prune off new material as you see
fit. Make sure you remove and destroy any fallen wood, leaves
and old fruit (to reduce disease).
Some growers suggest
that a very hard prune can improve fruit size and quality.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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