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Fruit tree novice - Pruning Help??

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Hi All, fruit tree novice here and have recently moved from Melbourne to acerage in South East Queensland. I'm hoping for some advice for the small orchard we have inherited with our land. We have around 30 trees (Citrus - various lemons, mandarins, orange varieties; varieties of mangoes; jackfruit; lychee; apricot; and also a few nut trees - macadamia and pecan I think it is). Being a sub tropical climate I'm not sure when the best time to prune is??
I thought Autumn was good for apricots but mine has just started to bud and flower again so not sure?
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
Cheers,
Kara
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1st April 2017 11:03pm
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noisymina1 says...
Google is your friend. I search each tree I want to know about - and if I want to prune it, just add the words "e;How to prune"e;. Short of having your own expert next door or something, it works quite well IMHO.
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8th April 2017 9:56am
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Manfred says...
Good advice noisym.
Can I just add, look at plants that have been pruned by experts and try to get yours to look the same.
Neglected trees or trees not pruned properly in the first place need slightly different treatment from established trees which have been well looked after. It is the end result of established types you should look at and try to emulate.
Be fairly daring. Err on the side of daring when opening up a canopy.
An old habit of mine is to look at plants being sold bare-rooted in nurseries in winter and prune back to that when a plant needs rejuvenation. Not so useful in the sub-tropics, but keep it in the back of your mind when firing up the chainsaw.
How bad are the citruses? Julie from WA seems to know citruses fairly well.
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Manfred says...
Oh - and No- autumn is not a good time to prune fruit trees. Do it in late winter (to mid-spring in cold areas) and the plant will start to take off after the pruning.
Late summer and autumn for flowers. Don't worry though, you haven't done any harm, and a winter pruning will still help.
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