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  • #52427

    Len
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    i have 2 plum trees on the allotment. both need serious pruning as they have got far too big. can i do it now or is it better to leave till the spring ?

    #52428

    Allan
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    No don’t do it now Len,You have to wait until the sap is rising in the spring,If you do it now spores of silver leaf will have a chance of entering the wood,And that’s the end of the tree,I always do mine as the first buds are filling out,Cut away from the middle of the tree to allow a good airflow,I always have a tin of spray paint handy as a precaution for sealing the cuts,

    #52435

    Len
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    thanks allan. there was a difference of opinion down on our lottie, so thought i would ask on here.

    #52436

    Allan
    Moderator

    It’s the same with all fruit trees Len,It’s the fresh cut wood that allows the spores to enter the cambium layer,When the sap is rising,It flows out preventing the spores access,By spraying or putting grafting grease on gives it further protection,

    #52437

    Len
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    thank you.

    #52499

    Hayley
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    Thank you both, I was going to ask the same question! :good:

    #52501

    Len
    Participant

    :good:

    #53286

    karenp
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    Just noticed this question and so glad I did as now will wait till spring to do my fruit trees :good:

    #53288

    Allan
    Moderator

    Yes best to wait Karen :good:

    #53290

    Hayley
    Moderator

    Trouble is, I need you here to help Al ;-) :good: @ronvalley

    #53292

    Allan
    Moderator

    What’s up doc.?

    #53296

    Hayley
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    Where do I start Al? Greengage is reaching for the skies (one tiny fruit this year), the Vic plum (at the bottom of the garden) needs attention, no fruit I could harvest, and the one I thought was a Vic plum but turns out this year is ‘A Another’ (because it fruited so well)is also reaching for the skies :confused:

    #53297

    Allan
    Moderator

    There’s no rush to do it yet Hayl I’ll sort it out with you before it’s time,I’ll draw out how to cut them back, :rose:

    #53298

    Allan
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    There’s no rush to do it yet Hayl I’ll sort it out with you before it’s time,I’ll draw out how to cut them back, :rose:

    #53300

    Len
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    my greengage is the same

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