Pruning and Training Plants: A Complete Guide

by David Joyce

Firefly Books | January 4, 2003 | Trade Paperback

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This superb guide uses specially commissioned color photographs and diagrams to clearly explain the basic pruning procedures. All the popular plants suitable for pruning or training are covered in the authoritative text. Diagrams and photographs combine to give a detailed visual reference of what a plant should look like before, during, and after pruning care.

  • Ornamentals: roses, deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, climbers, wall shrubs, hedges and topiary, pinch pruning
  • Fruit Trees: apples and pears, plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, figs, renovating fruit trees, plus many more
  • Soft Fruits and Vines: gooseberries, currants, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cranberries, grapes, passion fruit, kiwi fruit


The book also features:

  • 300 step-by-step color diagrams to guide readers through a year-long agenda of what to do, when, and how
  • Superb color photographs showing plants that are pruned or trained to look their best through all seasons
  • A-Z plant directories for quick reference to practical advice
  • Complete cross-references to detailed instructions
  • Tools and equipment
  • A glossary of technical terms plus further reading and a comprehensive index


Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 10.75 × 8 × 0.75 in

Published: January 4, 2003

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1552975347

ISBN - 13: 9781552975343

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Pruning and Training Plants: A Complete Guide

by David Joyce

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 10.75 × 8 × 0.75 in

Published: January 4, 2003

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1552975347

ISBN - 13: 9781552975343

About the Book

An illustrated gardening reference on how to prune and train plants, including a list of tools and equipment. Step-by step diagrams explain basic procedures and a A-Z plant directory has practical advice and is cross-referenced to detailed instructions.

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Introduction Controlling the growth of plants and shaping them by pruning and training are often considered the most puzzling aspects of gardening. Sadly, many gardeners content themselves with a policy of random snipping or savage butchery rather than acquiring the relatively uncomplicated skills that can be so important in the successful cultivation of plants. Those who have participated in the making of this book hope that the straightforward explanation of pruning and training procedures offered here, based on their professional experience, will encourage more gardeners to acquire these valuable skills. As well as explaining in text, diagrams, and photographs the major techniques of pruning and training, the book presents the specific requirements of ornamentals, tree fruits, and soft fruits, with particular reference to those grown in the temperate parts of the world. The diagrams and photographs are seen as an important amplification of the text, but it must be recognized when using them as a guide that there can be considerable differences between individual specimens of plants. The age of wood is often a significant factor in pruning and therefore different tones of green have been used in the diagrams to distinguish one year''s growth from another. Many, indeed most, of the operations described in this book can be carried out by amateur gardeners, provided that they are equipped with the right tools. Large pruning cuts are dealt with in more detail on pages 43-5, but
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Christopher Bricknell Introduction Ornamentals ROSES (Consultant: Michael Gibson) Modern Bush Roses Species and Shrub Roses Climbers and Ramblers Standard Roses Exhibition Roses Rose Hedges/Renovation A-Z OF ROSES TREES (Consultant: Mark Burleton) Feathered Trees Standard Trees The Care of Established Trees SHRUBS (Consultant: Mark Burleton) Deciduous Shrubs Evergreen Shrubs Renovation CLIMBERS AND WALL SHRUBS (Consultant: Mark Burleton) Hedera Clematis Wisterias Ceanothus Chænomeles and Pyracantha HEDGES (Consultant: Mark Burleton) Formal Hedges Pleaching Arbours and Tunnels Renovating Formal Hedgs Informal and Rustic Hedges TOPIARY (Consultant: Mark Burleton) Geometric Shapes Representational Shapes A-Z OF ORNAMENTALS PINCH PRUNING (Consultant: Ray Waite) Cascase Chrysanthemums Fuchsias Coleus Pelargoniums Miscellaneous Ornamentals Tree Fruits (Consultant: Harry Baker) APPLES AND PEARS Bushes and Standards Spindlebush Trees Cordons Espaliers Dwarf Pyramids Fans, Arches, and Tunnels PLUMS Pyramid Plums Fan-trained Plums SWEET AND DUKE CHERRIES ACID CHERRIES PEACHES APRICOTS FIGS RENOVATION OF FRUIT TREES OTHER FRUIT TREES Citrus Fruits Quinces and Medlars Mulberries Elderberries Cobnuts and Filberts Walnuts/Pecans/Chestnuts Olives Persimmons and Pomergranates Soft Fruits and Vines (Consultant: Harry Baker) GOOSEBERRIES RED AND WHITE CURRANTS BLACK CURRANTS RASPBERRIES BLACKBERRIES BLUEBERRIES AND CRANBERRIES GRAPES PASSION FRUIT KIWI FRUIT Tools and Equipment Glo
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From the Publisher

This superb guide uses specially commissioned color photographs and diagrams to clearly explain the basic pruning procedures. All the popular plants suitable for pruning or training are covered in the authoritative text. Diagrams and photographs combine to give a detailed visual reference of what a plant should look like before, during, and after pruning care.

  • Ornamentals: roses, deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, climbers, wall shrubs, hedges and topiary, pinch pruning
  • Fruit Trees: apples and pears, plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, figs, renovating fruit trees, plus many more
  • Soft Fruits and Vines: gooseberries, currants, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cranberries, grapes, passion fruit, kiwi fruit


The book also features:

  • 300 step-by-step color diagrams to guide readers through a year-long agenda of what to do, when, and how
  • Superb color photographs showing plants that are pruned or trained to look their best through all seasons
  • A-Z plant directories for quick reference to practical advice
  • Complete cross-references to detailed instructions
  • Tools and equipment
  • A glossary of technical terms plus further reading and a comprehensive index


About the Author

David Joyce is a writer and plant advisor with a passionate interest in plants and the history of their cultivation. His other books include The English Garden Tradition, Garden Styles, Hanging Baskets, Window Boxes and Containers and Windowbox Gardening.

David Joyce

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