cherry tree - how much to prune

jollyrd(Richmond VA)April 6, 2013

This is a 5 yr old fruiting Cherry Montmorency. I pruned it to what I think is 'good enough'. Do you think I should prune more? should the thin branches on very top be cut? should any of the medium size branches be taken out?

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jollyrd(Richmond VA)

here is a picture from another direction -- as you can see, the tree is growing branches directed sideway towards north (weird as it may sound).

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 7:44PM
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jollyrd(Richmond VA)

and here are the top branches

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 7:46PM
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bencjedi(6 - Central Kentucky)

I just leave all the tiny branches inside the inner 'core' of the canapy and lob off the thickest, tallest parts at the very top. I'm 6ft 2in and if I can't reach up and touch the top of the tree on my tippy toes off the ground then I cut it. Seems to have worked pretty good the last few years. My Montmorency has been in the ground 4 years now.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 10:35PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

In my opinion, there really isn't a wrong way to me its all trial and error... if i take off too much, oh will grow back...I was pruning today... For my sweet cherries, which are on gisela 5...i pruned that back to around 8ft or so, just so i can net them easier...i also removed a couple of thicker branches... With cherries, if you want fruit in my yard, you have to net..and in that case i keep them small... I'd love to chop them off at about 3 feet and ufo them, but i hate to lose out on fruit for a year or 2... With most of my trees this year, i've thinned the centers (more open)...just because pests seem to concentrate on the interior (beetles/curculio) and its a little harder to get spray in more light gets inside (dries it out faster/ripening)... we'll see...

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 10:48PM
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