Time to prune the tiny fruit trees

On or after the solstice is the time to prune fruit trees according the method I am following from Ann Ralph’s ‘Grow a Little Fruit Tree’ book.  So now time like the present – I have been in the garden this afternoon doing just that.  Some trees hardly needed any attention, some I could not decide and left them for the moment and others had quite a lot taken off.

Those I planted two years ago, before I bought the book, did not have the benefit of a very radical knee high first prune and therefore are considerably bigger than those that had the knee high treatment to start with.  Consequently they needed more pruning today.

 

 

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Denbigh plum before pruning

If you look back to my post of 3 May, just a few weeks ago really, you will see how much growth it had made!

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Denbigh plum after pruning

 

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Apple, sunset, before pruning

Similarly this apple has made a lot of upward growth in recent weeks, much of which I removed.

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Apple, sunset, after pruning

 

Whereas the other apple, planted at the same time, has already acquired a smaller stature / habit –

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Apple, trwyn mochyn, before

and did not need much removed.

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Apple, trwyn mochyn after pruning

The mirabelle, planted last year is much smaller and did not need much taken off.

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Mirabelle before pruning

My challenge with this one was that ideally fruit bearing branches should be at about 45 degrees to the trunk and this one has nearly vertical branches.

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Mirabelle after pruning

But I did manage to get some of the most upright branches out and leave some more angled ones.

Apple, sunset, has some small fruit and two cherries also have a few.  The rest are holding out until they are a bit bigger, but perhaps that will be next year for some of them.  But so far so good.  I am happy with all of my lovely tiny trees!

 

 

 

 

 

About Anni Kelsey

Author of Edible Perennial Gardening and avid researcher into edible perennials and associated useful plants.
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