End of winter early spring is the ideal time to prune fruit trees. Dormancy is the main reason, so pruning should be done before budding occurs. Homeowners should have their fruit trees pruned every year; this also helps to keep pruning wounds small. It is very important to start pruning when the tree is young. The reasoning behind this is to create form and structure. Trees that are trained while young are easiest to prune while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing structure. Proper pruning promotes airflow throughout the tree which helps prevent diseases. This also allows branches to grow strong to help support the weight of the fruit. Proper pruning is essential to reduce pest and disease issues.
Popular fruit trees in the Portland Metro area include apple, pear, plum, peach and cherry. Amongst these Nectarine trees are also popular but require more maintenance due to precise pruning and harvesting. Oregon’s state fruit is the Pear, and is also the top selling fruit tree crop. Apple trees grow very well in Oregon, and it is safe to say they are probably the hardiest fruit tree to have. Cherry trees can be difficult due to our wet weather, but their flowers are hard to beat. Property owners that are looking for sweet fruit should consider a Peach tree, but keep in mind these are also prone to peach-leaf curl and insect damage.
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