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2steps



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 05 7:26 pm    Post subject: Pruning elder  Reply with quote    

Sould I prune my elder tree and how is it done?

Thank you

dougal



Joined: 15 Jan 2005
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Location: South Kent
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 05 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

General feeling is that you'd be hard pressed to hurt it.

I asked about this in another thread
http://forum.downsizer.net/about6823.html
specifically seeking confirmation that flowers and fruit come on *last* year's wood. (Nanny and I both suspect so...)

Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 05 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

While I still have him on my lap, Bob says "it is important to dominate elder" and "prune back hard" in autumn. Nothing specific about fruiting on new or old wood but I would think he would mention it if such pruning was likely to harm your crop.

So, I gather the best thing to do is give it an appropriate name and set about it with something sharp.

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