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How to prune plums at the end of November: the harvest will be much better

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Pruning fruit trees - one of the garden chores to do in late autumn

One of the procedures that can be carried out in the garden in late fall is pruning trees. They have already entered a dormant state and will tolerate the removal of diseased and dead branches.

In particular, plums should be pruned at the end of November. These fruit trees do not respond well to excessive crown thickening and need periodic rejuvenation, so pruning will benefit them. OBOZ.UA asked gardeners for advice on how to properly prune plum trees.

You should start with a careful examination of the plant. Identify all diseased and dried branches that need to be removed first.

For pruning, you need to take a sharp tool - secateurs, loppers, etc. - and treat it with disinfectants. This can be a solution of potassium permanganate, copper sulfate, alcohol, or even steam treatment. The main thing is to start working only with clean tools.

After removing the substandard parts of the plant, you can start forming the crown. Large branches that are in the phase of intensive growth are shortened by two-thirds, and the densest parts of the crown are carefully thinned out so that the tree receives maximum sunlight in spring and has good air permeability even when it blooms.

All cuts after the procedure should be treated with garden varnish or a solution of copper sulfate. This will protect the tree from infection and rot. After all the work is completed, the plum tree can be considered ready for wintering.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA published a lunar sowing calendar for December 2023.

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