Prune and tie in young stone fruits

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

FRUITS that have a stone within them, such as de­li­ciously sweet peaches, cher­ries and plums, shouldn’t be pruned in win­ter. Spring and sum­mer are, in­stead, key prun­ing times – so what should you be do­ing now that spring is def­i­nitely here?

Well, free-stand­ing trees can be left to their own de­vices. Fre­quently, how­ever, stone fruits are trained as fans against a sunny south or west-fac­ing wall or fence and, if still young, they’ll ben­e­fit from shap­ing now.

So, if you’re grow­ing a fan-trained cherry, green­gage or apri­cot, cut off any shoots grow­ing away from the wall or fence. Any con­gested ar­eas should also be thinned out, and while you’re at it, tie in any new shoots to fill in the gaps. Job done.

While you’re prun­ing, tie in any new shoots

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