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polly
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:56 pm    Post subject: pruning Reply with quote

It's time to do a little pruning now on apple trees, so i'm wondering if it alright to do it now, or should i wait until the cold spell is over? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Polly.
Ask yourself the following question.......Do you reckon that we have had the last of the harsh -5 frosts for the year?
If you do, go ahead and prune, if not, hold fire.

You see, you could cut away the growth, the plant could then produce new buds, only to heartbreakingly have them scalded off by a late frost.
Beware that sniper frost which lies in wait for its chance to strike a second time at gardeners who thought they were doing well by their plants.

It is temps of -5 that will do the damage, so a week or two should see you in the safe zone.
But then again this cold spell could last up until March. Shocked Laughing ....... probably not though.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks James, I'll take your advice and wait until the worst of the weather is over!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:19 pm    Post subject: re pruning Reply with quote

hi there,
i would also advise leaving it for another week or so.But i was thinking more about the gardener!!!its hard to prune when your hands are blue!!once its warmed up a bit i would get out straight away and get the work done before the sap starts to rise which might lead to some of the wounds 'bleeding' .also remember the 3 n's-NO NEED FOR NOBBLES!!Alwaycut back to the trunk or just above a bud,this will prevent die back of shoots later on.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it makes very little difference when the pruning is done as long as it is after full leaf fall and before bud burst in Spring.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to all for the good advice, much appreciated!
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