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Planting Fruit Trees
Dave Wilson Nursery goes over the finer points of planting a fruit tree.
Pruning Fruit Trees
Tom offers some tips on how to identify fruiting wood. Year-round, much can be learned simply by observing your trees, including (especially) during bloom season.
Tom and Phil demonstrate fruit tree pruning, including the removal of large limbs to quickly rebalance a tree and keep its center open for sunlight exposure, good air circulation and easy access. If your trees don't quite look like these and you still aren't sure where to cut, remember that you learn by doing - we all learn pruning by pruning. The new growth will show you whether you pruned too much, too little, or just about right.
- DWN's Tom Spellman demonstrates summer pruning to manage fruit tree height and vigor, showing the difference between fruiting wood and unneeded vegetative growth.
Tom prunes our espaliered Sweet Treat Pluerry tree, then moves on to the hard-pruned Santa Rosa plum.
Multiple-budded: prune to balance the varieties, open the centers, control size. Extra-low trees controlled at less than six feet tall: Flavor Finale Pluot®, Santa Rosa plum and Cot-N-Candy Aprium®.
- Winter detail pruning. Splash Pluot®: open the center, remove crowded limbs, reduce vegetative growth. Flavor Delight Aprium® espalier: so easy to maintain. Pomegranate espalier: how and when to begin the basic structure. Important reminder: prune with a purpose and keep it simple.
Tom Spellman conducts the first summer pruning of 2013 in the new DWN Backyard Orchard Culture demo planting, showing home growers how to get it done by keeping it simple. The main objectives of summer pruning are 1) tree size control for ongoing easy maintenance and 2) air circulation and sunlight penetration in the canopy for healthy, productive trees and better fruit. Tom also samples some of the fruit in season: Burgundy plum and Tropic Snow peach.
Keeping trees manageable is easy enough. How about growing a fruit bush? Did you know you can keep your fruit tree under 5 feet tall? Tom shows you how.
Multiple-Budded Fruit Trees, aka Multi-Buds, need special pruning care. Tom shows you how to keep your tree multi-budded.
Tom Spellman demonstrates and explains winter detail pruning in DWN's two-year-old backyard-orchard-style planting. Controlling tree height, opening up the centers for better air circulation and sunlight penetration, balancing the trees, all clearly shown.
Summer pruning is key to maintaining fruit tree size, but winter pruning is vital to starting young trees the right way. Tom shows you how.
In part two Tom prunes our raised-bed cherries, trains and prunes the espaliered trees and takes our Santa Rosa plum back down to size.