Cut back or remove any small lateral spurs and smaller branches that do not have any fruit buds
on them and cut out any branches that have canker.
This also creates many more fruit buds
and spurs than would normally be the case.
Leaf buds will regenerate in spring, but not fruit buds
, which require two years' formation.
Greedy birds love eating developing fruit buds
and may rob you of your entire crop.
Spur prune apples and pears now by shortening back new growth to three or four buds - this helps to complete the ripening of this years fruits and can encourage the development of extra fruit buds
for next year.
They are eating the lovely, plump juicy, developing fruit buds
which have become frosted can be saved if sprayed with water early in the morning before the sun has thawed the ice.
The fruit buds
are easily recognisable because they are plump compared to the thin, pointed leaf and shoot buds which grow flat to the bark.
Prune gooseberries to boost the fruit buds
, and remove signs of mildew.
Thin as for 'Royal', then cut a third of remaining shoots to just beyond 2-year-old fruit buds
The usual time to deal with this is in the winter after an 'off' summer by not pruning one-year-old shoots which then develop fruit buds
for the next 'off' year.
A ADRIENNE SAYS: You could try root pruning to curb growth and encourage fruit buds