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pruning a greengage tree

Last post 16-04-2008 9:10 AM by pickle1. 2 replies.

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  • 14/04/2008 02:29 PM
    • pickle1
    • carnforth
    • 14 Apr 2008
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    Last year took over an old, neglected cottage garden & discovered one of the best things in it was a greengage tree which gave us a good crop of beautiful tasting fruit.  As the tree is about 15ft high however, most of the fruit was out of reach.  Now wanting to prune it to make fruit more accessible but not sure how.

    I think summer time is the best, but not sure how / where / how much to prune, as it has grown a kind of tangled "shrubby" habit, with 6-8 main trunks growing from ground level.  It seems to be flowering again this year, mostly on spurs high up, maybe on last year's wood.  I don't want to cut back too far past where it's flowering if that stops it flowering again.  Any advice?

  • 14/04/2008 02:51 PM
    • sue1002
    • Ipswich, Suffolk
    • 06 Sep 2005
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    http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profiles0605/plum_pruning.asp 

    sue1002
  • 16/04/2008 09:10 AM
    • pickle1
    • carnforth
    • 14 Apr 2008
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    thanks - will take a deep breath & give it a go!  jo