I bought this cherrytree (hedelfinger) for cheap. Therefore you get what you pay for I guess. I want to prune it in a good shape(open vase/goblet as I read thats the best choice. However it currently has crossing limbs and also is 'flat'.

My question: which limbs should I cut and to where? Should I cut them all the way or look for outward pointing buds an cut above those? Or should I give up on the goblet shape and keep it as is and plant it as espalier kind of tree?

photo of limbs 1 photo of limbs 2 photo of limbs 3


If you want a vase, I would keep the 4 branches. Maybe shortening all of them.

Plant it on your garden, and with some canes (3 or 4), try to bend the branches on 4 different direction.

Ev. the second branch from below should go. Try to shorten it more then the others.

  • Thanks I'll get to it! – David Mar 29 '19 at 14:29

It looks like the two crossing branches are rubbing each other, or soon will be as they grow thicker. So you need to get rid of one of them, whether you go for an open tree or an espalier shape.

If you want to grow an espalier, you will need supports and wires. For a single tree (rather than a row of trees) that seems like overkill, unless you can train it against a wall.

Find some buds that are pointing in direction you want the branches to grow, and prune to just above those buds. That is the way to choose which of the two rubbing branches to cut out.

If you are new to all this, just plant the tree and wait till you see some buds beginning to form. Pruning it then will set it back a little bit, but you are not going to get any fruit from it this year anyway, and you are less likely to make any serious mistakes. If it does set some cherries this year, cut them off so the tree puts all its energy into growing branches and roots instead.

  • Thanks I'll get to it! – David Mar 29 '19 at 14:29

If you want to make it easy to pick, get a few tent stakes, pound them into the ground, then tie twine to each one, and let the branches form to that shape. it saves on the use of a ladder when you're older.

see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5denJaetw5w

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    Interesting, might be a bit too much downwords for my taste but bending at less upwards angle seems like a good idea. Thanks – David Mar 31 '19 at 9:13

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