Monty Don shares ‘brilliant month’ for pruning to achieve ‘vigorous growth’

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He said: “If in doubt about any of this – don’t cut. Wait. You will never do harm by not pruning and patience in a garden is a great virtue.

“If you prune an apple tree hard each winter it will make a mass of new growth but no flowers – and therefore no fruit.”

To receive the most fruit, it is best to lay off from pruning too much.

Monty added: “This cycle is often perpetuated by even harder pruning the following year – to get rid of all that new, fruitless growth, which, having lots of lovely succulent sap, will attract aphids and fungal disease. 



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