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Bad pruning cut, Prunus serrula

LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,565
I've really buggered this cut up haven't I? :(

Tried to correct a ragged cut and ended up too close to the branch. Will the branch survive?


  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    It might survive, but in my opinion it will be hugely weak and will eventually break.  Best to encourage a new lateral further down.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,565
    If I cut cleanly below the cut I already made, there's a shoot just below that which would take over. Should I do it now? I'll try not to get so close next time. 
  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    See what others say, but I would.  And not so close and no need for such an extreme angle. 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,565
    Thanks Helix, happier with the second attempt. 

    This will teach me not to try out new secateurs for the first time on a valuable plant! I assumed being new that they'd be nice and sharp...
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