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Is it ok to just cut away the secondary growth on our pear tree?

  • Is it ok to just cut away the secondary growth on our pear tree?

We have a lovely pear tree growing at the front of our house, can anybody tell me the best way to remove the secondary growth without damaging the tree?

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  1. Grower

    Geoff Hodge

    Andy, much depends on what your aim is and what you're trying to achieve - remove unwanted growth, provide new framework growth or encourage flowering and fruiting.
    If it's unwanted growth, it's safe to do this at more-or-less any time of year. It's usually recommended to do it in winter - mainly because there are no leaves and it's easier. Always cut back stems and branches to a node (leaf joint), branch or growth point.
    If it's new framework growth, then remove what's not needed to retain the strongest branches in the best positions you need.
    If it's to improve flowering, this is best done in June, cutting back the current year's growth to around five leaves.
    Hope that helps.
    Geoff


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