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Yesterday at 17:48:42 by JoNewms | Views: 37 | Comments: 0

My damson tree is now 4yrs old and was supposed to be a dwarf but is quite big. Due to a lack of time, I haven't been able to give it the care it needs and it is perhaps a little leggy.

I have learned the following from research:
- it is ok to prune now after the fruit.
- I should remove any end "clumps" to reduce weight
- I should take out any cross-middle branches to give it a "vase" shape
- I should remove the branches a little out of the heel for a smaller cut (not flush) - at 45degrees
- don't remove more than a third of the tree in one pruning
- take out any very acute angles to promote strength
(As yet there is no disease or dead.)

My remaining queries are:
- some of the branches are quite long and I don't think they will hold the weight of the fruit (branches on my friend's plum tree snapped due to weight), should I reduce the length and if so by how much?
- one of the main unions has a crack in it (damsons are apparently brittle) - should I take out the smaller branch and if so should I treat the end? Or do I take out the bigger one to promote lateral growth? Should I treat the crack?

Looking forward to your input. Thank you tonnes in advance!


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Yesterday at 14:46:03 by Digeroo
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My daughter was having a problem with her sink leaking, so my OH went over to fix it.  They bought various spare parts, but yesterday she said things were worse and what had been a drip was now unusable.

So I was surprised to hear this morning that it was now working fine.

So he managed to fix it then?  I asked.

No!!  I got a plumber in.
Palustris
August 18, 2017, 13:14:48 by Palustris
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Half of one of our Damson trees has snapped off. The fruit is dark purple, but not quite ripe. Question is, will it ripen off the tree? Or is this crop lost?
tricia
August 18, 2017, 12:09:30 by tricia
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These Sucrene du Berry and Potimarron are the first of my squashes ready for curing now all the foliage has died off and looking very unsightly! They are from the first 4 plants planted outdoors on 9th May under fleece protection. The Sucrene weigh between 859g and 1880g each and the Potimarron a kilo or so each, so along with later sown Butternuts (8 fruit growing well) and another Sucrene in a grow bag with 4 fruit on it I am well supplied for use in all sorts of yummy recipes over the coming winter :icon_cheers:, with enough for my friendly neighbours too.

It's the first time I've grown Sucrene - hope they store well and are as good as the Barbara which I grew last year. The Barbara is just too big for my one person household so I ended up giving most of them away.

Tricia :wave:

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