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Gardeners' World - - Pruning Month -

If mum­mi­fied fruit is left on branches after the leaves have fallen it could in­di­cate an at­tack of brown rot fun­gus, which can lead to blos­som wilt if left to over­win­ter. Use se­ca­teurs to prune out branches that carry such fruit to re­duce the risk of fur­ther fun­gal at­tack. Also, keep an eye out for cork growth and flat­tened ends to branches, which may sig­nify fun­gal canker on ap­ples and pears. Re­move dis­eased fruit and prune out in­fected wood, then ster­ilise tools with white spirit be­fore prun­ing another plant.

Any fruits show­ing signs of brown rot should be re­moved

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