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Pruning Companions

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This must have been the first pruning day of the year that it was warm enough without a jacket. Tackling the climber somehow doesn’t seem so daunting with the sun on one’s back. Mme Alfred Carriere has put on some amazing growth through the season,

Blog 14-3-16a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

so the first job was to take her off the wires and establish which main stems to keep. Having sorted the framework it was then a case of cutting all the laterals off the main stem to 2 – 3 buds from the base. These will be the flowering stems in June.

Kudu, not to be left out, seems immune to the thorns.

Blog 14-3-16b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally all that’s required is to tie the main stems back on to the wire and feed with a good handful of Vitax Q4, some well rotted manure and roll on June!