Why is it necessary to prune my fruit trees?
Pruning is necessary to promote good plant health, remove damaged limbs,encourage new growth, and maintain shape. There are five basic pruning cuts, each aimed at producing a different effect.
The principal reasons for pruning are:
When To Prune:
Winter pruning – When the tree is dormant from late November until early February (when all the leaves have fallen from the tree) For stone fruits, Cherries, Plums Peaches, Nectarines and Apricots this should be left until the sap starts to rise (mid-March).
Summer pruning – Mid-August. Espalier, Fan and Cordon fruit trees. Prune backall new growth to 2-3 buds. This will encourage fruit bud development and maintain the shape of the tree. Some summer pruning can be done on fruit bushes to allow light and air into the tree to help the fruits develop.