Sunday, 23 August 2009

Summer pruning/deleafing

I meant to take a 'before' photo, but I got carried away with opening up some light and air into the Comice/Concorde/Conference/Beth row of cordons and the russet apple cordons. All tall extension growth not wanted for tying in (i.e. none now that the frame is complete) has been taken back to about 6-9 inches. This is purely to allow light in to ripen the fruit and air to circulate. I never cut back too radically at this stage as if the weather continues to be mild and wet, the pruned wood will sprout again, even if a terminal bud has formed. I will prune again in September when I'm sure there won't be regrowth.

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