Cutting plum trees – How to do it right

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Cut plum trees correctly

Fruit trees are ideal for medium to large gardens. Apples, pears or cherries are the varieties most commonly found. But the plum is also welcome. So that plum trees are not too big and always bear particularly many fruits, you should cut them properly.

Cut plum trees correctly
Cut plum trees correctly

How to do it right:
The care starts almost when you buy. Here, the central drive should be straight and have no more than five side shoots, which are evenly distributed. But what happens more often, is that many also like to grab the plum tree, because they do not know the difference. So here’s a little explanation: Plums are round-oval and usually mature earlier than plums. On the other hand, these have an oblong-oval shape and also firmer pulp than the plums. They are therefore better for cooking. In addition, it is easier to remove the stone from plums.

Cutting plum trees
After planting in the first year, you do not have to cut anything on the plum tree. But in the second year it starts. Then you have to remove all side shoots that grow deeper than half a meter above the ground. Even branches that grow too steep or too close to another, you have to cut. Finally, cut the middle drive to about 40 cm above the highest side shoot. Too steep branches can also be hung with small weights to increase the angle. In the following years you only need to cut the branches. So your tree will bear great and lush fruits.

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