Aug 07, Summer Pruning Fruit Trees Tips. 1. Summer prune between late June and mid-August. 2. This time is best to prune disease prone plants, stone fruits, and vigorous plants. 3.
Prune out any dead wood, diseased wood, and crossing branches. 4. Sumer pruning is an especially great time to control vigorous growth and to keep trees at desired height. 5. Oct 25, Summer pruning later than mid-July will have no effect on flower bud development. Removal of vigorous shoots that create shade can be removed about 14 to 10 days before harvest to increase fruit red color development for some varieties but the increased color will be relatively small.
Summer Pruning Non-Vigorous Apple TreesEstimated Reading Time: 10 mins. Remove crossing/rubbing limbs, and limbs that grow inward toward the tree's center. Create a sturdy structure. As mentioned earlier, long, weak growth should be pinched back. Hand pinch, or prune, 3 inches (or so) off the end of each soft, leafy shoot. Repeat in late summer if side shoots grow rapidly out.
Producing too much fruit. Getting too large. Posing a risk due to unsafe limbs. Being hindered by older, non-producing branches. If this is the case, go ahead and trim your fruit trees back a bit. When pruning fruit trees in summer, focus on minor cuts. Save the extensive pruning for when the tree is dormant. For flowering shrubs, prune at a time to minimize disruption of blooming.
Spring flowering shrubs (Table 1) bloom on last season’s growth; prune them soon after they bloom to promote vigorous summer growth. Some shrubs that bloom after June (Table 2) do so from buds that are formed on the current year’s shoots; prune these.
Summer pruning uses thinning cuts which does not encourage new growth (as opposed to winter pruning which stimulates growth). During the summer months, remove leafy upper branches that are over-shading fruit on the lower branches. The summer thinning cuts help build your ideal tree limb structure. Prune these shrubs in late winter or early spring before growth begins.
Do not prune deciduous shrubs in late summer. Pruning shrubs in August or early September may encourage a late flush of growth. This new growth may not harden sufficiently before the arrival of cold weather and be susceptible to winter injury.