Quince Tree Pruning
Originated from Southwest Asian countries, quince trees are fruit trees which produce delicious aromatic yellow fruits. Apart from the fruiting varieties, some quince varieties are just cultivated for landscaping purposes. Most of them are deciduous trees and their leaves will shed off in autumn. They are not big-sized trees and they will not exceed 20 feet in height when full grown. To ensure the quality and quantity of the fruit production, some pruning work is necessary. Actually not all time is appropriate for pruning, and you should pick up the best period in a year to guarantee the best production.
The ideal time for do some trimming work on quince trees is in late autumn or early winter when the trees just entered their dormant period. You should avoid pruning your trees after spring when new growth has started up. The first thing you need to do is to pick up the branches you need to trim. These branches generally include those growing inwards to the trunk or growing in an extreme angle on the stems. The over-crossed branches should be removed as well to improve the air circulation.
Before the pruning work starts, you should prepare the shearing tools well by making them sharp and clean. Messy cuttings will increase the risk of being infected by many diseases. The shearing tools should be sterilized thoroughly before the pruning work as well. The dead or weak branches should be removed first and you need to leave some traces for about half an inch from the supporting stems when one twig was trimmed off. In each pruning work, the total height of the tree should be trimmed at least 3 feet to encourage new growth in the coming year.
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