Pruning Old Cherry Plum Trees

My mum’s been away travelling around Australia, through the desert mostly, during our winter. Now to say my mum’s not a gardener is a bit of an understatement, but she might read this – so I better leave it at that.

When she got back I offered to help her with a few of the fruit trees she’s got in her back yard. She hasn’t lived in this property for very long and the fruit trees have been seriously neglected.

The thing is, most older fruiting trees can be greatly improved and go on fruiting for years more after a little bit of TLC if they don’t have any serious problems. Here’s a photo of me in my element. I’ve pruned back all of the dead and diseased wood as well as any that crosses over itself and probably another third of the tree.

Cherry Plum Tree

Then I pulled up most of the weeds, added a fertilizer all around the drip zone, mulched quite thickly with pea-straw and gave it a good watering.

All of this was done at the beginning of spring, before the tree started to flower. I don’t expect it will bear much fruit this season, but next year should be a beauty!

I’ll have to ask mum how it’s going now…  it’s been a couple of months since I was there.

There’s not really much more to it than what I’ve written. So if you’ve been neglecting your fruit trees or inherited some sad specimens, don’t despair – try a little kindness (winter or spring is the best time) and they might surprise you with bumper yields.

Happy Organic Gardening, Healthy Living…

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