Cherry pruning

Features of pruning

Unlike the pruning operation that is performed for other trees, cherry tree pruning is very particular in all its aspects both because of the structural characteristics of this plant and for the singular reaction that the cherry tree shows in following the execution of this technical operation. In any case, cherry tree pruning certainly serves to increase its productivity, as well as to free the plant from more dated structures. Cherry is a very hardy tree, with incredible adaptive qualities to the environment (think of the low temperatures it can survive). When it is cut, the production of a viscous and gelatinous substance can begin to be observed at the level of the cut,

Types of pruning

In general, there are two basic types of cherry tree pruning: training pruning and production pruning. The first, also known as breeding pruning, is performed between the spring months and the summer months, therefore during the full production season of the plant. This is done to shape the skeleton of the tree and to allow it to grow optimally. Performing it during the warmer seasons is an advantage because the higher temperatures favor the healing of wounds due to pruning better. The second type is that of production. In reality, the latter type of operation is advisable to perform it twice throughout the year, at the end of the summer season and during the winter months.

How should it be done

Being the cherry tree very sensitive to pruning and reacting in a very particular way to this operation, this must be done in the best possible way. First of all, a specialized technical operator who obviously knows how to carry out the work must intervene for pruning. This is to avoid causing serious damage to the plant. The cut must be clean, precise and necessarily inclined. It is good to avoid cutting the branches that are thicker. Following the pruning cut, it is advisable to treat the area with scarring to promote the healing of the plant as well as prevent it from being attacked by parasites. In fact, in this regard, it is also a good habit to use clean and disinfected tools for the work (tools and gloves).

Cherry tree pruning: The most suitable tools

The peculiarity of the cherry tree is found above all in the choice of the more or less adequate instrumentation that can be used to perform this pruning operation. Due to the fact that cherry tree pruning requires clean, burr-free cuts, the decision to use tools such as hacksaws, chainsaws, and the like is not recommended. Conversely, sharp and edgy equipment such as scissors and shears is definitely worth considering. In particular, the latter can be used both in the pruning of the branches and for the thinning of the leaves of the crown, a fundamental moment for the plant. In fact, through this stage it is possible to increase the space through which the light can pass and affect the surface of the entire plant.

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