5 steps to a good ba­sic prun­ing

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Growing -

Re­move any dis­eased, bro­ken or low hang­ing branches.

Re­move any vig­or­ous up­right shoots on the in­side.

Cut back any ex­ces­sive growth on the tree, es­pe­cially at the top.

Prune to the de­sired height (about 3m) by short­en­ing lead­ers to a lat­eral point­ing in the de­sired out­ward di­rec­tion. This means the tree will spread more but that’s ok. Don’t cut too close to a bud or more than 1cm from it.

Growth that has fruited should be cut back by a third to a half to pro­duce new re­place­ment lat­er­als for the next sea­son’s fruit. Re­moval of in­suf­fi­cient wood re­sults in long, sparsely fruit­ing lat­er­als. Have 20cm min­i­mum be­tween lat­er­als.

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