Plum blossoms

It’s flowering time for the plums here in the Seattle area, specifically the Asian type of plum (the European types bloom later). Pruning on these trees can also begin in the next couple of weeks. There are less fungal spores in the air that might infect pruning cuts, and the trees are out of dormancy and able to respond to these small wounds. Shortening some of those really long horizontal branches that can sometimes break at the end of the summer when they’re laden with fruit, might be a good idea. Also, thinning thick areas of the canopy to increase airflow and sunlight helps increase fruit quality. If you’re not feeling confident in your pruning skills, give me a call to schedule a lesson.
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Plum blossoms

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