[NAFEX] Summer Pruning
William C. Garthright
billg at inebraska.com
Fri Jun 6 21:53:51 EDT 2008
> Maybe I'm wrong, but I would suspect that in a hot dry climate, summer pruning would aleviate stress on the tree rather than create more. You're taking away leaf surface area that is otherwise respirating and causing water loss in the plant. If it stimulates new growth that hasn't hardened off I could see how that might be less than ideal, but I don't think the tree is going to put much energy into that if water is an issue.
That's very interesting, Michael. I hadn't thought of it in that way.
I guess I just thought that pruning would always be stressful, and that
each cut would have to be healed (meanwhile leaking fluids?). But I
suppose a pruning cut on a green, growing twig would seal itself pretty
quickly. Obviously, I still wouldn't want to do it on a particularly hot
and windy day, but maybe I've been looking at this wrong.
Thanks for the observation!
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