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Having bought a plum tree (I think it was Howera?) a while ago it should have only grown to a compact size but the branches have taken off.
I don’t know where the new fruit will grow next year so don’t want to just prune it back to a manageable size if that is where the new fruit will appear.
The tree is laden this year and I have already made plum jam and given the neighbours some so on the whole I am very pleased with it.

Thank you if you can help’

Loreta Brown

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Hi Loreta,

Plums do best when they are trained nice and early to get the shape. This will also help with keeping it smaller and more manageable for the home garden. Hawera is a Japanese variety plum and pruning annually can promote fruit-bearing wood. You should get plenty of fruit if you do some pruning, so don’t worry about that.

Plums are best pruned into an open centre or vase-shaped tree. This promotes good airflow meaning less fungal problems which is always a concern with stone fruit.
Choose the strongest 4 or 5 lateral branches that are evenly spaced around the tree. Cut these branches back by half. Cut out the central leader just above the top of your highest branch you are going to keep. Remove the rest of the branches and any suckers that may have formed at the base of the tree.

The Palmers Team

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