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Prune a Pear Tree?

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 13:17

Bekkie,  just train for shape right now. Those long branches can be shortened ...find a bud near where you would like branch to be.  Upward pointing to keep more upright and narrow. Downward for wider.

Summer pruning of apples depends on variety.....spur bearing varieties can be spur pruned.  Tip bearers not so find out how your tree yields it's fruit.

Brown castlewellan gold tree

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 12:50

Sorry, I,would return it .  Those brown patches will not disappear but will increasingly spoil your plant.  

Its an awful.looking specimen....not worth £10 let alone £80.  Get something nice for your money 

Prune a Pear Tree?

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 12:41

Right.....for pears ...take each main branch and look to prune back every shoot on it to about  3 or 4 leaves, viz., to short  "spurs".  Do this all over but leave the ends of each branch intact. You  are getting near to the end time to do this, summer pruning. This encourages fruiting for next year .....leave it until the autumn and your pruning will simply encourage growth and no fruit 

I grow espaliers amd cordons and bush apples and pears.

Plums.....cut  growth made,this,year back by half. ,side shoots on those branches to a few,leaves .....similar to spur pruniNg on  pears.  Never cut plums....and avoid breaking those ( brittle) branches outside of summer.  Silver leaf disease is a danger on wounds made then.

Salvia Hotlips

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 10:59


Hot lips is hardy, easy and obliging.  You can prune to tidy during the summer if you are constantly being,produced.

However, prune autumn or spring.  Spring is prob best. Cut  as hard as you like but maybe by half .  When you prune take cuttimgs .....take them now if you like. They  will root by mid September and provide you  with good size plants next year. M

Whats happening?

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 08:12


Well done for writing that. You have said,it all.  It is foolish to  pretend things will always take care of,themselves.  A Will is essential.

Wise words Smokin.  Nicely expressed  


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 08:05

Morning everyone 

Hebe Help!!

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:59

Two things spring to mind. Dokane

First, hebes really do like sun.  However, as lomg as you get at least 4 hours of sunlight...?

Secondly, clay soil?   Not ideal..  Hebes like free draining soil

You can take cuttings now.  Then you can grow a new hebe in a sunnier spot

Some hebes flower late inn the summer ...e.g. Autumn you may have one of those but all mine have flowered already 

Companion planting

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 23:32

Agree about the smell of melons ........delicious

All my and white are now dug up and drying in the sun.  All looking good and healthy.  Just remember to turn every now and then. 

Huge crop of tomatoes too.  Beetroot ready too.  Just regret not growimg sweet corn this year.......the perfect summer for,them.  I did put  some in for a friend but she (lazily and frustratingly) didn't water them at all during all that heat.  There was enough for an army   Cant really's been a bountiful summer 

Love  growing all sorts but veg and fruit , well, yum yum.  Plenty of pears to come but not too many apples on my solitary egremont  russet.this year.  Probably because it underwent a bit of drastic surgery last year

Camera Corner

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:53

Fascinating.........Wont be adopting one though David 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 18:36

Lyn, mine as been flowering simce May.  Cut it back to re energise it for rest of the summer 

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