How to Prune Flowering Almond

Overview

Flowering almond trees are recognizable by the beautiful pink flowers that bloom each spring season. Pruning the tree encourages a strong showing of next season flowers, and also helps keep the tree looking trimmed up and healthy. Do extensive pruning just once a year, after the flowering almond is finished blooming.

Step 1

Make sure your pruning shears and scissors are extremely sharp, and sterilize them with rubbing alcohol before cutting any branches off the flowering almond tree.

Step 2

Use the shears to cut away dead, diseased or broken branches first. Make a cut away from the bark ridge that forms between the trunk and branch.

Step 3

Prune away branches that are crossing one another and branches that are growing straight upward, downward or at an awkward angle away from the tree.

Step 4

Shape the flowering almond tree into a round shape next by removing about half of each branch on the tree. This helps encourage thicker growth. Make each cut back to a bud on the branch, to help the tree heal as quickly as possible.

Step 5

Trim away the sucker and shoots that come out of the bottom of the tree to help maintain the appearance, as well as get rid of unnecessary branches that just suck out nutrients that can go to stronger branches.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves, if desired
  • Ladder, if necessary
  • Pruning shears
  • Pruning scissors
  • Trash can

References

  • Pruning Flowering Trees
  • Pruning Almond Trees
Keywords: trimming almond trees, pruning nut trees, flowering almond tree care

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