Posted: 08/06/2013 at 12:26
I recently bought a beautiful dwarf cherry tree, Prunus avium Stella, Gisela 5. It seems happy in its large pot and has several embryo cherries starting to swell. I know little about these trees, particularly dwarf (Gisela 5) and have tried to understand all the conflicting information given on the internet, including YouTube. I understand they have a central leader and that the idea is to have branches growing at a good angle and not overlapping each other but growing more in a spiral with about 10 inches in between branches up the trunk. BUT, nowhere can I find any information about pruning back the tips, or ends, of those branches. To cut or not to cut? I want to encourage the growth of fruit each year and am afraid of doing the wrong thing. Do I leave? Do I just cut back the tips? Or do I cut back harder? I also understand the right time to prune this cherry tree is after harvesting the cherries in late summer, to avoid disease.