Pruning cherry trees in summer (rather than in winter)
Aussie Bush with Sweetheart on Colt in fourth leaf.
• Controls tree size
• Maintains good light penetration throughout the tree. Floral initiation and differentiation occur soon after harvest, and highly depend on the leaves nearby and the amount of sunlight received by those leaves. The quality and size of cherries are strongly influenced by the quality of the flower buds. Cherries with the highest quality come from flower buds that are the largest soon after fruit set. These cherries come from buds that were more developed and opened early. Weaker buds flower later and set fruit that is small at harvest.
• Removes unwanted and vigorous shoots. The annual vegetative growth is always more than is needed to maintain an optimum leaf-to-fruit ratio.
• Checks root growth
• Slows down shoot growth
• Keeps trees compact
• Favors development of fruiting wood
• Prevents bacterial canker infection