Pruning fruit trees

Kay Nugent asked 12 years ago

Can I prune or cut back blueberry bushes and a fig tree ? They are getting very untidy.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 6 years ago
Blueberry bushes are pruned much like blackcurrant bushes, that is, removing some of the older shoots each year close to ground level and allowing the new branches to carry the fruit. A process of regular annual pruning between October and March will keep the bushes to a manageable size.

A fig tree can be pruned in spring, taking out whatever shoots are deemed superfluous. A fig is gnerally wall-trained in this country for best results and older shoots can be shortened or removed if not needed for tying in.