Pruning - One size does not fit all



Everyone has ‘how-to’ advice on pruning. Some is good, some not that bad, but most is just wrong. In defence of the bad, I suspect the issue is the term ‘pruning’ – a catch-all meaning to trim or cut away dead branches or overgrowth. But there isn’t just one sort of pruning, and herein the problem may lie...


How a person prunes roses is completely different to how you prune trees, and how you prune a fruit tree for fruit is very different to how you prune a fruit tree for appearance. You’d never prune a camellia the same way you prune a grapevine, and just to confuse things, you might prune an orange tree to enable a dove to fly through it (the Asian mystic way) – but you would never do that in New Zealand.

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