Excellent for eating, bottling and freezing.
Plums bear much of their fruit on lateral spurs that are two years old or older. These spurs are usually 20 - 30cm long. It is necessary to prune for renewal of some spurs each season, although most of the new growth is removed. Depending on the variety, 20 - 40% of the fruitwood around the tree is renewed annually by leaving young shoots and removing old wood. Prune Plum trees in the summer months when they are growing strongly, straight after fruiting once your tree has begun to bear fruit.
By pruning at this time reduces the spread of the Silver leaf, an infectious disease which is usually fatal to its host. Jun 13, Stonefruit, such as plums, peaches, apricots and nectarines, need to be pruned into what's called a vase shape, or open centre.
Having an open Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins. Cut out dead, damaged and diseased wood. Remove any small secondary branches coming off a branch that are within a hands-span of the main trunk.
To increase fruit production train or prune branches so that they are growing at an angle of more than 45° off from the Train by tying branches down. How to prune: Research your tree variety and the best growing shape for fruit trees i.e.
open vase, central leader, trellis, fan, espalier or bush. Prune on a dry day, to limit the spread of fungal spores and diseases. Use sharp secateurs to make clean cuts on an angle, above a bud or branch.