I am just about to plant my bare-rooted tree and would like to know if I should remove a couple of inward-facing shoots? Also in coming years should the pruning be done any differently to a full-size tree?
22 June 2012 03:51 AM
The dwarf nectarines will not need to be pruned as vigorously as a normal nectarine. If you wish to remove some inward facing shoots to open up the tree into a vase shape then this will be fine.
Why we think its important to prune:
plus the advantages of pruning fruit trees are... � Young trees will establish a strong framework of branches. Unpruned, a tree often makes lanky, spindly growth which can break easily when carrying a heavy crop. � Spindly growth can result in poor fruit. � Excess fruiting wood is eliminated resulting in larger fruit on the remaining branches. � Fruit is easier to harvest. � Maintains the tree at a manageable height. � Opens up the tree for better air circulation. � Opens up the centre of the tree to sunshine. Ripening fruit becomes more colourful and sunlight develops better fruit flavour by increasing the natural fruit sugars. � Spraying a small tree is easier and cheaper (and better for the environment). � Some fruit types such as peaches and nectarines fruit on the previous year's wood only (one-year-old wood). On an unpruned tree fruit is produced on weaker branch tips. Winter pruning encourages new shoots, ensuring new fruiting wood for the following year closer to the framework branches. � The tree is much tidier and takes up less space in the garden. http://www.flemings.com.au/documents/pruning_multi_page.pdf