Pruning sweet cherry tree and grapes in the home garden

Asked May 3, 2020, 12:15 PM EDT

Hi, I have several grapes and one cherry tree and after lots of research still am. It sure how to prune them. He cherry tree has been in the ground for two years but had issues because there was a concrete slab under the ground recently removed that was restricting growth and the grapes range from 2-4 years old. On the grapes several sticks start from the bottom, so I cut off all the sticks so there is only one or leave them? Thanks Lydia

Multnomah County Oregon

8 Responses

The grape vine should have just one stem. Additional training details are in "Growing Table Grapes" which you can download here https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1639.

Info about training cherry trees is in "Training and Pruning Your Home Orchard." You can download it here - https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/pnw400


Hi,

I was wondering can I cut the cherry tree in half in August, so it won’t grow so tall and grow more branches sideways instead of just vertical.

thanks
lydia

Hi,

I was wondering can I cut the cherry tree in half in August, so it won’t grow so tall and grow more branches sideways instead of just vertical.

thanks
lydia

Sometimes fruit trees are cut quite low so that the gardener can more easily pick the fruit.

But you need to know that standard cherry trees become big trees; some people say huge. A sweet cherry can go to 35 feet whereas a sour cherry may reach about 20 feet..

The tree in the image looks like it's tucked into the corner. No matter how far you cut it down, it could ultimately push the fence over. If you keep it, it would be wise to move it farther out, into the yard somewhat.

Or, consider replacing the tree with a "dwarf" kind. You'll need to phone around to determine if any garden center still has one at this late date. Or you might obtain one early next year.

Hi,

the cherry tree is a compact Stella sweet cherry I purchased from one green. https://onegreenworld.com/product/compact-stella-2/


I was told it will only grow 10 feet tall.

I have a very small yard, so I was hoping to keep it in the corner. I was thinking of making it a fan shape, or just trying to make it short.
any advice?

thanks
lydia

Thank you for explaining the tree is 'Compact Stella.'
Even so, the tree appears very close to the fence, perhaps just 18 inches at the left? If so, it would be wise to move it before it's crowding the fence.

When is it safe to move it?


Also can and when can I cut the trunk to promote side growth? I was thinking of cutting the trunk to 3 feet? Is that ok?

Thanks
Lydia

It's best to move it in fall, when the leaves have dropped and it's dormant.

Fall is also a fine time to cut it to 3 feet. Don't do it now because it's in a weakened condition because it used most of reserves to produce the leaves.

See "Training and Pruning Your Home Fruit Garden" which you can download at https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/pnw400