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Cherry pruning advice?

Posted by NilaJones 7b (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 11, 13 at 19:22

Hello, all :).

After much helpful advice from you wise folks, I put my Van with its too-big rootstock in a pot, and moved my Compact Stella to the place suitable only for UFO. I then cut back the Van in an attempt at spanish bush pruning. (If you don't know what trees I'm referring to, don't worry about it -- I'm just including this update/preamble in case anyone does remember and is curious. Anyway, both trees are doing well. :)

My question today is about pruning the Van. In the winter I pruned it to 3 branches, each about a foot long. But rather than each of those producing 4 or 5 long new twigs, like in the pictures on the web, they have each made a little cluster of leaves at their farthest bud, and one long shoot (20" or so) from a bud farther back. The rest of the buds: small clusters of leaves.

Um, so, what am I supposed to do next? Cut the single long shoot on each branch? I am confused by its not looking like the pictures :).

Please let me know if my verbal descriptions are insufficient, and I will wade into the wilds of image hosting.

Thank you all very much for any advice or insight. Luckily, this is my practice tree, so I am not too worried about experimenting on it!

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RE: Cherry pruning advice?

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 11, 13 at 19:47


Your tree didn't produce more shoots because it didn't have enough vigor, that is, not enough roots to push more shoots. So let it grow as much as possible this summer to beef up the root system. Then next winter head it back again. When it has sufficient vigor it will push the shoots you need to form that bush.

RE: Cherry pruning advice?

Oh, thank you, fruitnut! Yes, it arrived with very little in the way of roots.

I'm so glad I asked you guys, before I whacked it back :).

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