CSIRO Publishing Gardening Guides Series

Pruning for Flowers and Fruit [OP]

October 2010
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    1st October 2010
  • ISBN 9780643095762
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9"
  • Images four-color drawings & photos throughout

Pruning is all about controlling and directing plant growth. It’s easy to have the best groomed and most productive garden when you understand how plants grow and know what to prune and when to do it.

Pruning for Flowers and Fruit shows you techniques from the most basic to the most advanced of espaliers and topiary. The book covers a wide range of ornamental plants, vegetables, fruit trees and bushes with special emphasis on popular plants such as roses, hydrangeas, citrus, nuts and berries. It will show you how to choose the best plants at the nursery, maintain your secateurs like a professional, prune weather damaged plants and renovate your ornamental or fruiting trees and shrubs.

Whether you live in a cool temperate zone or the tropics this book shows you how to bring out the best in your garden.

Key features
• Prune with confidence following detailed step-by-step instructions and easy to follow diagrams
• Learn how to choose the best plant at the nursery for your garden
• Whether a beginner or more experienced gardener, become an expert and bring out the best in your garden

"Varkulevicius, an experienced horticulture professional and longtime home gardener, gives detailed instructions for pruning ornamental plants, both deciduous and evergreen fruit trees, fruiting shrubs, and bush fruits... many photos and diagrams provide guidance for taining and pruining. In addition to advice on pruning, the author gives instructions for selecting appropriate speices and rootsocks, and for trellising, staking, hedging, pollarding, coppicing, and topiary. Summing Up: Recommended."

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Why prune?
1) How plants grow
2) Plant quality, propagation and performance
3) Techniques and tools
4) Ornamental plants
5) Fruit trees
6) Deciduous fruit trees
7) Evergreen fruit trees
8) Citrus
9) Fruiting shrubs
10) Berry fruit
11) Cane berries

Jane Varkulevicius

Jane Varkulevicius is a passionate gardener who has worked in the horticultural industry for 30 years. She has developed, with her husband and two children, a garden that is not only a sanctuary for friends and family but also with an emphasis on ornamental food production. Making the most of every plant in the garden, no matter how small the space, has led her to believe that an understanding of how plants work and how they can be pruned is an essential garden skill.