How do you prune apple and quince trees?

Sue SaysTraining trees as an espalier (a main trunk with neatly pruned horizontal branches on either sided) is fine for apple trees but quinces are better trained in a fan shape as they don’t respond well to such restrictive pruning. It’s also worth checking that the...

How and when should I prune my blueberries?

Sue SaysBlueberries fruit on stems produced in the previous year and should not need to be pruned in their first 3 years except for the removal of dead, damaged or diseased stems. After 3 years, begin to prune out the oldest stems at their base between late autumn and...

Can I prune my Honeyberry plant?

Sue SaysTheir pruning requirements are similar to that of blueberries in that they flower and fruit on wood that is a year or more old. Cut back about a quarter of the oldest shoots to the base after you’ve finished harvesting the fruits. If you feel you need to cut...

How do you prune a grafted apple tree?

Sue SaysPruning apple trees normally begins immediately after planting. Remove the central stem to just above the highest side branch. For the following 3 years, prune only the tips of the remaining main branches by one third in winter. Aim for about six main branches...

How do you prune a dwarf apple tree?

Sue SaysApples should be pruned during the winter months while the plants are dormant. Immediately after planting, trim back the grafted main branches by a third, always making the cut just above an outward facing bud. For the following 3 years, prune the tips of the...

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