Pruning cherry trees

There are some strict rules you need to follow when pruning a cherry tree. Here’s what you need to know.

 

A gardener’s advice

1. Avoid cutting off large branches off your cherry tree as the removal of large branches can risk exposing the tree to pests and diseases.

2. You can prune the tree from July to the end of September after the harvest and when the sap is descending in order to help the wounds to heal.

3. It is important not to prune during the winter because silver leaf disease, a winter disease, can enter the tree through cuts made when pruning.

4. If you forget to loosen the ties attaching a young cherry tree to its support, the trunk may look quite deformed. Loosen the tie and the trunk will gradually return to its normal shape. If you leave it for years the trunk will be scarred for good.