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  • #52427
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Allan
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    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,

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    Len
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    thank you.

    #52499
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    Hayley
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    Thank you both, I was going to ask the same question! :good:

    #52501
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    Len
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    :good:

    #53286
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    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
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    Allan
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    Yes best to wait Karen :good:

    #53290
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    Hayley
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    Trouble is, I need you here to help Al ;-) :good: @ronvalley

    #53292
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    Allan
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    What’s up doc.?

    #53296
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    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
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    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:

    #53298
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    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
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    Len
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    my greengage is the same

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