Introducing Fruit Trees 101

Thriving fruit trees and abundant harvests spring off the back of a solid set up – this is what Fruit Trees 101 is all about. In this little video course, I take you step by step through all you need to know – shelter, companion plants, spacings, choosing the varieties and rootstock wisely, planting, your first prune and tips for small spaces too. We’ve got it all covered. A homegrown fruit bowl is coming your way.

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Comments

  1. Hi Kath,

    Thanks for the amazing resources on your website, I’m a frequent visitor when it comes to seasonal gardening and have recently watched through your fruit tree pruning videos.

    I purchased a ‘Lucy’ Plum variety two years ago but as a novice gardener I decided not to prune (as I was unsure of how much to cut back and thought best to let it bed in). The tree is now three years old and is looking a little unwieldy, and I’m not sure if I’ve missed the opportunity to keep the tree in check. (It looks as if it has a second leader that has grown out from the truck, as thick as the main leader).

    Would it be possible to give me some pointers as to how much, and which branches to remove. Any tips would be greatly appreciated (the tree is yet to fruit).

    Kind Regards,

    Sam

    • Morena Sam, I havent heard of this plum, but heres a few pointers. Less is more ok. Stand back and walk around your plum. Decide which shape the tree is erring towards – a central leader style or vase. Choose the one you can create with the least pruning. With that shape in mind, choose the one branch to remove that’ll bring balance to your tree ie an even amount of wood on all four sides. Perhaps theres a cluster of branches/ shoots clogging the centre, or more on one side than the other. Choose one + remove it where it joins the trunk. Then walk around the tree and reassess. Often times one is all it takes in a young tree. If one branch is alot longer than the others, head it back to ‘ish’ match the others. Aim for balance right now is the most important aspect. There is no ‘perfect’ shape, rather the shape that lets light and air flow evenly and will be strong under weight of a crop and wind. After you’ve done one and seen the results you’ll be braver for the next.

      • Thanks Kath,

        I suppose the problem is the second leader is as thick as the central main trunk (but where it comes off the trunk it forms a U, or vase shape. Is it possible to leave it and prune back the top branches/shoots to balance the tree? Happy to send an image if this is completely confusing.

        Cheers,
        Sam

        • Photos will be no help my friend as they are even more confusing than trying to describe it. Trees are amazing! You cannot go wrong. Trust your gut and do the thing that feels best. It sounds to me as if you have the perfect solution up your sleeve. Go for it!

  2. Thanks Kath,

    Appreciate the response. Keep up the good work!!!

    Sam