When to prune plants

When to prune plants month by month

The pruning of the plants, carried out in the dormancy period, is an important appointment, in which the plant comes out of its awakening reinvigorated and strengthened. But when to prune the plants? Here is an overview of our most popular garden plants. January and February are the months of apple, kiwi and pear trees. They are plants that germinate already in March and therefore it is good to prune them again in the middle of winter. At the end of February-beginning of March it is also possible to give our attention to the vine, the apricot and the plum tree. Within the very first days of April the time has come to prune the peach tree, while in May the shoots are in the middle of their cycle and obviously must be left to blossom. In June, the highlight of the harvest is concentrated and until October you should limit yourself to pruning only the dead parts.

Flower and fruit buds

In pruning, it is very important to distinguish the buds that will produce a fruit from the buds that will generate the leaves. Their distinction is very important as this is the only way you can be sure to leave enough buds on the branch for the harvest. Two types of buds are born in the branches: the flower buds are those from which the fruits of the plant will arise while the wood buds will be the future branches and future leaves. At the time of pruning it is essential to ascertain the number of buds in relation to the structure of the plant. A plant loaded with fruit is certainly every grower’s dream but if the plant is too loaded, this would lead to a weakening and attack by insects and parasites. This is why a good pruner must also be able to eliminate the

When to prune fruit plants

Knowing when to prune fruit plants is necessary to give the plant new vigor and to support a bountiful harvest. A young plant often needs an action aimed at conforming its development, while on the specimens already formed it will be enough to thin out and remove the old and unproductive branches. The action of pruning must be aimed at removing weak branches, especially if affected by diseases. In the same way it is necessary to thin out even the most dense areas and with intertwined branches. A good pruning should also orient the branches, which should grow horizontally rather than vertically. The number of buds should be balanced so as not to weigh too much on the branches and the same should be checked in their length as they could tire the plant.

Tips for newbies

Newbies to the industry should follow a few simple rules for good pruning. First of all it is good to guess the right period, that is when the plant is at rest. Pruning should be done paying close attention to the number of flowering and wood buds on the branch. If the tree is young and slender, even a few buds may be enough so that it grows healthy, strong and productive the following year. The cut must be made about one centimeter above the gem, at a 45 ° downward angle, on the opposite side of the gem. The choice of the pruning tool depends above all on the diameter of the branch. If you are using scissors, remember to cut with the base of the blades and not with the tip,

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