Fred Morgan wrote:
4. If you have the luxury, prune withing 4 days of the full moon. I kid you not. I have found by experimentation here that if you prune around the full moon, you get much less water sprouts.
Is this within 4 days before the full moon, or 4 days after, or 4 days either way? My grandfather used to always plant his garden by the phase of the moon, and I follow some of the basics of that in my own annual garden, but I have never heard anything relating moon phases to fruit tree pruning.
paul wheaton wrote:
Consider for a moment that the leaves of the tree are typically on the outside edge of the canopy. Branches hold up leaves and fruit. The leaves are the little solar collectors giving the tree food - for the fruit, the roots, the bark, the wood and the leaves themselves. The wood doesn't need very much - so let's ignore that for now. Consider the rest. If we are low on energy (food) the tree will be sickly and the fruit will be lame. But if we are loaded with energy, then the try is has vibrant good health and the fruit is excellent.
What if we can keep the leaf count the same, but drastically reduce the energy needs? Could that help move us into the vibrant direction? What can we eliminate? We can't eliminate roots. We don't want to eliminate the leaves. Eliminating wood won't make much difference because the wood doesn't take much energy. But we might be able to eliminate some of the bark.
Suppose you have two limbs that are parallel to each other and they are the same in nearly every respect - only since they are right next to each other, one has leaves on the left side and one has leaves on the right side. If you cut out one of those limbs, the other limb will eventually fill out leaves on the other side (okay, there is a lot more going on here, but let's keep it simple for now). You will have eliminated half of the bark while maintaining the leaf count.
paul wheaton wrote:
Suppose you have two limbs that are parallel to each other and they are the same in nearly every respect - only since they are right next to each other, one has leaves on the left side and one has leaves on the right side.