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Cherimoya : 12 side shoots from scaffold branch
« on: April 20, 2019, 03:34:28 PM »
Hi all. I have a cherimoya tree that i planted last year.I pruned it last year so that it formed 3 scaffold branches (the Y branch you see in front of the tree was used to train the branches in different directions)



2 weeks ago, when the tree defoliated, i pruned it, and now each branch is producing between 8 and 12 side shoots.



I have two questions :
What it is the maximum secondary branches i can keep for each scaffold branch?
If i have to remove some shoots (which is likely the case), when it is best to do it? remove some buds right now to avoid wasting energy or should i wait to see which branches are vigorous in order to keep the most vigorous ones?


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Re: Cherimoya : 12 side shoots from scaffold branch
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2019, 11:33:33 PM »
On my 12" scaffolds, I keep top 2 buds.
Rub 1 or 2 off.
Keep next 2.
Rub the rest off.
Branch ends up with 2 leaders and 2 laterals.

My friend kept all buds on his tree last year.
Ended up crowded, with weak and strong laterals.

If you want you can rub off now.

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Re: Cherimoya : 12 side shoots from scaffold branch
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2019, 01:12:22 PM »
Thank you Seanny for your answers. I will do as you advised.

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Re: Cherimoya : 12 side shoots from scaffold branch
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2019, 06:41:10 PM »
One bud rubbed off




Two buds rubbed off




Scaffolds with 2 leaders and 2 laterals






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Re: Cherimoya : 12 side shoots from scaffold branch
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2019, 02:34:35 AM »
Thank you for the pictures.
Unrelated question regarding your tree: Does the second pic show a Summer pruning after manually defoliating the leaves? Because it seems the branch is not Woody and was not dormant when pruned. I hope mine too will allow me a second pruning round for a faster shaping of the tree.

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Re: Cherimoya : 12 side shoots from scaffold branch
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2019, 07:51:15 PM »
I pruned that small tree in Feb so I can prune again in late June or early July.
That was 7 weeks ago.

On another small tree I pruned mid June last year.
New shoots were 3' long by December.
I liked the the length and thickness of those shoots.

I would prune late April if I aim for good fruit growth.
The flowers need over night temperature of 17C or 63F to get good fruit growth.
Fruits from early flowers from trees I pruned April 1st last year looked ugly.
The late fruits looked pretty.

 

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