Prune pyra­can­tha

Gardeners' World - - Around The Garden -

There are sev­eral es­tab­lished Pyra­can­tha (com­mon name firethorn) in var­i­ous forms and sit­u­a­tions at Beech­grove but it is the the trained, es­palier ones against fence pan­els and wires that ben­e­fit most from a late sumer trim. Pyra­can­tha flower and fruit on wood that is older than one year. Re­duce any long, out­wardly grow­ing stems of this year’s growth, to 2 or 3 leaves from the base. This will help ripen any con­cealed berries in the short­en­ing sea­son. Un­less ty­ing in for next year, shorten sky­ward stems to the same length. Such prun­ing helps cre­ate flow­er­ing spurs for next year.

Cut out­ward fac­ing stems back to just a cou­ple of leaves

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