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Pruning fruit trees


1st Jan 2015 Home & Garden

Pruning fruit trees

When pruning your pear tree, timing is everything. Learn more about how and when to start pruning.

A gardener’s advice

1. For fruit trees winter pruning is important.

2. Prune to create a strong framework. 

3. Remove crossing branches, those blocking light or air, and any dead wood. 

4. To promote new growth, prune back main growing shoots to just above a healthy growth bud, slanting the cut upwards. 

5. Prune back side shoots to form a fruiting spur, or leave them to grow into new branches. 

6. Growth buds are easily distinguished from fruit ones because they lie flat to the stem; fruit buds are plumper and stand prouder by comparison.

How to incorporate fruit into your diet, with Hugh Fearnly-Wittingstall.