How to prune a plum tree

How to prune a plum tree

Plum trees are susceptible to silver leaf disease and should therefore be pruned in summer. We show you how.

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Plum trees can be prone to silver leaf disease if pruned in winter, so cut them back in summer to encourage the development of bushy growth, which stops them becoming too large and unmanageable.

Find out how to prune your plum tree, below.

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You Will Need

  • Plum tree
  • Secateurs

Step 1

How to prune a plum tree - cutting back the leaders
How to prune a plum tree – cutting back the leaders

Use secateurs to cut back this season’s growth of the main shoots or ‘leaders’ to half their length. Prune to just above a leaf.

Step 2

How to prune a plum tree - pruning side shoots
How to prune a plum tree – pruning side shoots

Prune or pinch side shoots back to two or three buds from the base of the current season’s soft growth.

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Leafy summer prunings can be added straight to the compost heap where they’ll rot down quickly.

Green twine cut out