Seasonal Tips - Grow Your Own

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Strawberry runners

“Peg Down Strawberry Runners For More Plants Or Remove For More Fruits”

Continue to peg down strawberry runners if new plants are needed. Leave the runner connected to the main plant until it shows signs of growth. 

Once rooted the runner can then be cut and your new plant potted on. By doing this you will reduce the energy resource available to the mother plant and subsequently reduce yields from it. If you want bigger crops this year then remove runners by cutting close to the main plant and discard them.

“Cut Down Summer-Fruiting Raspberry Canes To Promote New Growth”

When summer-fruiting raspberries have finished cropping, cut out the old fruiting canes to ground level.

As new growth is produced tie it in to the supports as these will bear your next crops. Don't prune autumn-flowering raspberries; this is done in late winter.>

Raspberry canes

Prune your fruit trees

“Summer Prune Your Fruit Trees For Healthy, Heavy Fruiting Specimens”

Later in the month summer pruning of restricted apples and pears (such as cordons, espaliers, pyramids) can begin.

In northern regions delay this until August. Cherries and plums can be summer pruned after cropping. Any branches growing out away from the wall should be removed entirely. Pinching out tender shoot tips, plus any sideshoots coming from the main stems, will prevent the trees from putting on too much leafy growth.

If you need replacement shoots for bare areas of an established tree, or if you are forming a new tree, then select and retain one or two strong shoots at the base of the bare area, to train into these areas. Selecting two suitable shoots means you have some insurance in case the first shoot becomes damaged.

For wall-trained sweet cherries, cut back shoots to remove about half of this year's new growth, removing any overcrowded or unhealthy looking stems at the same time.

For wall-trained 'Morello' and acid cherries, prune out entirely any fruited shoots, removing all of this year's new growth. But be careful not to remove any un-fruited new shoots, as these will produce fruit next year. Instead, tie them in so that they are easy to pick.