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How to Trim Cherry Trees

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Hi, I'm Jene with Jene Tropicals in St. Petersburg, Florida. Today, I am going to demonstrate how to trim a cherry tree. The materials needed: a pair of sharp pruners and a bottle of peroxide or alcohol or even diluted bleach to kill the bacteria on your pruners. First thing you'll need to do is examine your tree. This is a very young grafted cherry tree coming out of dormancy. So you want to make sure that the graft does not have any growth or suckers coming out of it. You want all of your growth above the graft. Prune off any low branches so you can see there are a lot of little nodes just bursting out with new growth. So they are young enough where you can just pick them off. So you want to see if you have any dead wood on it such as this one. This branch. Your lateral growth should be about 8 inches above your horizontal growth.This little branch is dead as well as this, I am just going to take it off. And this one as well. So we have a good 8 inches and I'm going to prune the horizontal growth. And the horizontal growth they should all grow up to about the same height. There you have it. And here we have one more dead little branch. When you prune you want to prune in just above a node about a 1/4 of an inch. So basically any orchard tree needs very good air circulation in the middle and you want good sunshine to get into the crown of the tree and you'll have great fruit production. I'm Jene, and you have a great day.

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