fruitnut, when do you prune your potted fruit trees?

lsohApril 1, 2013

fruitnut or others:

I see recommendations to prune before bud break. I see other recommendations to prune in the summer. I have some trees like cherries that should bear fruit early in the season, and some trees like plums that should bear late in the season. What would you suggest? Thanks.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I prune excessive extension growth in spring and summer. So this is above the fruit. Just removing excess growth but retaining enough leaves to sweeten the crop. Then after harvest I shape the tree up as needed, usually not a lot. I do very little pruning in winter.

The exception is renewal pruning. Then I may need to head back in winter to force new growth down low.

My biggest issue is wanting fruit on a new tree ASAP at the expense of forming a proper tree. Renewal pruning starts early by forcing a bushy tree in the early years and doing adequate pruning each year after to keep good wood down low on the tree. So my usual methods may leave a lot to be desired.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 11:14PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

Fruit-

Another reason to have duplicates, then you can butcher a tree back hard, while have #2 ready to go with fruit :)

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 11:17PM
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lsoh

Thanks

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 11:54AM
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