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Topic: pruning a plum tree
Post By Ontario Gardening ID: 6699
Mon, Apr 5 at 09:02:53 EDT
pruning a plum tree
hi i just wanted to know if anyone had any advice on how to be doing this??? i began pruning my tree and ended up cutting off large branches as they had been overlapping each other and i had seen on a tv show that the overlapping ones should be cut off and that the height should be reduced...
last year this tree bore a loooootttt of fruit..i dont want to hurt it any way
any advice???
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Posted By Ontario Gardening ID:2332
Tue, Apr 6 at 11:50:59 EDT
Re: pruning a plum tree
Most fruit trees should be pruned during their dorment stage, usually in february.
You are right in cutting down the hight, the tree should be encouraged to grow outward. Most of last years termanal growth should be cut back. Those are the branches that grow fast and tall. I generally cut it to the second or third bud from the base of the branch. Keep all suckers at the base of the tree from growing as well.
Good luck!

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