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Help needed how do I Fan train a cherry tree?

Post: #252147 Bristolbelle
Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:18 am

I bought a Morello Cherry from q&b last week. And I would like to fan train it. I have planted it 1ft away from the wall and at a slight angle. Where on earth do I start to prune? I dont know what root stock it has either. All that it says is that it will grow 16ft if not trimmed.
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Re: Help needed how do I Fan train a cherry tree?

Post: #252150 oldjerry
Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:01 pm

It would help to know the rootstock,but your wall will need to be a decent height and you'll need to attach canes or wires to it to train the tree against With all training you need to identify what you're going to use as a leader.The VERY best advice I can suggest is that you go to the library and get out the RHS Guide to top fruit (little Green Paperback) it shows you diagramatically exactly where to prune for any sort of training,as well as everything you need for for succesfull cultivation.Pro growers I know refer to this series of guides, and they are set texts on most horticultural courses but still very easy to use.

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Re: Help needed how do I Fan train a cherry tree?

Post: #252153 Bristolbelle
Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:28 pm

Aw thankyou i'll pop along to the library next week.
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Re: Help needed how do I Fan train a cherry tree?

Post: #252155 Davie Crockett
Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:20 pm

I've got the RHS books. (I'm at work at the moment, but will report back when I get back to them).

From memory, it's a 2 or three year process. Train your leading shoot vertically and pinch out side shoots down to about 12" from the ground.

Allow opposing side shoots to develop at the 12" point. These will become your "Fan" and will develop when you pinch the tip of the leader out when it is as tall as you need it.

As mentioned by Jerry, you'll need to put support in the form of a frame or wires.
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Re: Help needed how do I Fan train a cherry tree?

Post: #252210 kit-e-kate
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:47 pm

Hi, I don't know anything much about cherry trees, but I have read somewhere that you shouldn't prune trees that produce fruit with stones (cherries, apricots etc) at this time of year (apples and things are ok though). So don't do anything rash! :iconbiggrin:

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Re: Help needed how do I Fan train a cherry tree?

Post: #252222 Bristolbelle
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:15 pm

Thanks for all of your help. I just needed to get some info ready so I can prune in the spring.
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