prune a new santa rosa plum tree - Knowledgebase Question

encino, Ca
Question by jmkiew
March 6, 2010
prune a new santa rosa plum tree.

Answer from NGA
March 6, 2010


Because your tree is young, you'll want to train it to grow into a Christmas tree style or shape with a central leader and symmetrical branches. In general, cut off any upright stems or branches that might compete with the central leader. Then remove branches with crotch angles less than 60 degrees. Next, remove all branches directly across from one another on the leader. (Branches should be offset rather than directly opposite when you look at the tree.) Lateral branches should be uniformly around the leader to prevent crowding as the limbs grow in diameter. You can safely remove 20 percent of last year's growth without harming your tree.

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