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Pomegranate - Shaping Trees

Prepared by Louise Ferguson, Kitren GLozer and Mark Bell, International Programs Office UC Davis (June 2008) "Why shape pomegranates? Selectively removing branches 1. develops a strong tree structure that can support heavy crops without breakage, and 2. brings a young tree into production at an early age. What are the general objectives of pruning? 1. Eliminate or reduce those tree parts that bear poor quality fruit. 2. Maintain branch spacing to allow good penetration of light and spray materials, 3. Prune to maintain a tree height that makes management and harvesting easy and keeps tree productive (taller trees do not bear more fruit!) What are the specific objectives of pruning? 1. Prune trees at planting time. 2. Prune young trees very lightly. 3. Prune mature trees more heavily, especially if they've shown little growth so that they are re-invigorated. Keep the tree canopy open to induce annual formation of fruit-bearing wood. The fruit will form mostly on the outer part of the canopy where light penetration is best. "

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