How to Prune Young Cherry Trees

Save

It is better to prune cherry trees when they are young than when they are older and more established. Correct pruning at a young age will form the basic structure of the tree, allowing it to grow in a manner that benefits its strength, shape and fruit production.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand shears
  • Lopping shears
  • Pruning saw
  • Identify the part of the tree that will serve as the center branch. Moving up from the trunk, choose the strongest vertical branch as the center point of the tree. Allowing multiple vertical leaders to grow can eventually weaken the tree during stormy weather. Multiple leaders also can shade fruit, which will reduce fruit production.

  • Eliminate all but the main vertically growing leader using pruning shears or lopping shears.

  • Identify four or five horizontally growing branches that will serve as the main lateral branches. These should be evenly spaced around the central leader to provide balance for the tree. Prune away any branches that are growing diagonally or at a sharp angle from the main leader.

  • Remove small branches growing out of the base of the trunk. These suckers can rob nutrients from the upper branches.

  • Prune branches that are crossing other branches.

Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit cherry tree flower image by Lovrencg from Fotolia.com
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Prune Dwarf Cherry Trees

    Like all fruit trees, the dwarf cherry must be pruned carefully during the first three years of life. Pruning when the tree...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make a Vertical Clay Pot Garden

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!