HAVE a three-year-old tamarillo, grown from a cutting. It's a red
variety which grows and fruits well, but it grows very wide so needs
pruning. Can I do it now?
grown from cuttings do tend to have much lower branches and a bushier
habit than those grown from seed. You can prune them quite hard
to reduce their width and to encourage new growth which will carry
next year's fruit. But to avoid the risk of dieback, I'd wait until
all risk of frost has passed before pruning, then I'd give the tree
a dose of fertiliser and mulch to encourage lots of strong new growth.
Gardener, Issue 155, 2004, Page 26
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.