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shearling

  • Joined Mar 2011
Cherry trees
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:29:05 pm »
We have several very old cherry trees. They have been left to overgrow by previous owners :(. I have heard that they do not take kindly to being pruned and often die because they get infected :o. Firstly how hard can we prune them - they are too tall and one is going to fall over before long. Secondly when is the best time to prune them?

Beewyched

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • South Wales
    • tunkeyherd.co.uk
Re: Cherry trees
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2011, 06:58:22 pm »
Hiya  :wave:

We had the same problem when we moved into our holding last year - the previous tenants had let the old cherry trees run a bit wild & there were loads of dead branches on them.  We did trim them a fair bit & they did fruit last summer - though the birds got all the cherries  ::)  Trim to about a cm above a strong shoot at an angle so the rain drips away.

Apparently the "right" time to prune cherry trees is mid summer, when the new growth has matured, as they are known to "bleed".  Use an antifungal paste on the site afterwards - they are known to be very sus to getting fungal infections, so you are supposed to clean your cutters in a weak bleach solution beforehand.

Hope you get some yummy cherries from them  :yum:
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shearling

  • Joined Mar 2011
Re: Cherry trees
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2011, 07:53:03 am »
hanks, they are so beautiful I think we will try it one this year and see how it goes. The cherries are wonderful as with you B the birds get most of them

 

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