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    sounds lovely - happy gardening :-)
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    Planted this winter a jubile/st julien plum. Its appears a maiden but looks thick stem and been trimmed back at top so maybe maiden +. Its about 1.70m high. I want to keep it small 2.5m so maybe should have had smaller root stock but would rather be pruning st julien than trying to keep alive a weaker rootstock on wet winter clay albeit on a slight mound. Was thinking cut it back to promote lower branches now but disease risk is deterring me. Suppose I could put a cap or wound dressing on cut, or just learn to be patient ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by It never rains..it pours View Post
    Planted this winter a jubile/st julien plum. Its appears a maiden but looks thick stem and been trimmed back at top so maybe maiden +. Its about 1.70m high. I want to keep it small 2.5m so maybe should have had smaller root stock but would rather be pruning st julien than trying to keep alive a weaker rootstock on wet winter clay albeit on a slight mound. Was thinking cut it back to promote lower branches now but disease risk is deterring me. Suppose I could put a cap or wound dressing on cut, or just learn to be patient ?
    whatever-else best to wait to prune it in any substantial way until it is growing strongly, say June at the earliest .

    In terms of early fruiting etc you might want to have a look at festooning the branches.

    PS I'm not up with current research, but as of the last I knew about it painting pruning wounds had proved to be of marginal or no value.

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    Thank you Nickdub, I will learn to be patient till June
    Tried festooning last year the Opal plum planted year before. The jury is out on early fruiting but does seem it encourages stronger upper but weaker lower branches on a young tree from my comparison (only two trees), which is fine for the Opals location but the opposite of what I would like in this particular loacation
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    Just a quick reminder that now is an OK time to prune apples and pears if you haven't already done it for this Winter - had a look at some of mine today and the buds are on the move.

    I usually go round with my large loppers and pruning saw first, then bumble around again later with the secateurs and pruning knife.

    (Obviously do not prune plums or cherries now, as the risk of infection is high.)
    Thanks. Didn't think I could prune once buds where growing. Will get my apple done this weekend

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