Prune and tie in young stone fruits
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