Asked February 12, 2015, 4:17 PM EST

How can I prevent new shoots from exploding from the area where a sizable branch is pruned off. I have old Japanese plums that are putting out dozens of very vigorous shoots from spots where unwanted limbs were removed.

Polk County Oregon pruning horticulture

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This is a common problem in Japanese plums, which typically require more pruning than European plums. Using heading cuts when pruning will help with this problem.

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