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05 August, 2011

Friday What's on my mind

Can I Prune My Cumquat Tree in August in Australia - Link Back to Rhonda at Down To Earth for a treat.

At the moment I have Thyme, Curry Plant, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Spearmint and Eau De Cologne mint growing.  A couple of decorative pots, one pet grave and an ugly hedge which I think I will take out.  But my main concern is can I prune the centre attraction - the cumquat?

Any suggestions on the perfect herb patch?  Do you have a blog that I can link too that might help?

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  1. I don't know about when to prune that, but I did learn the hard way (via not having any flowers on my hydrangea) that if you prune the wrong time, you might get nothing!love,andrea

  2. Yes you can!
    However I copied this from eHow Home website...
    "Pruning is stressful and should be kept to a minimum. Prune off no more than 25 percent of the tree as any more might kill the tree. Treat cuts with a latex sealer if insects or fungi are a problem in your area"
    Good Luck!

  3. Thanks Andrea, I think I did that with my Lemon Verbena. It's not looking too good but its as old as me.
    Thanks Kate, I will do it but as you've pointed out just a little bit.

  4. If you have frost in your area it's best to leave the pruning till the fear of frost has past. The plant will quickly rejuvenate with new growth and this will get burned if frost gets on it.

  5. I think your little herb garden looks great.

    I am hoping to grow some more herbs, but I think I will be putting them in pots/containers.

    Sorry can't help you re the pruning...hope you work it out :)

  6. Thanks Deb, will take that on board.

  7. WOW! Awesome garden! Thanks for popping by and joining me over at Pop Art Minis! Look forward to reading your posts! POP ART MINIS

  8. Chris, that looks like a very pretty spot. You don't need to prune citrus, you only do it when it send out a branch in the wrong direction, if it's straggly, if there are branches rubbing together, or if you have gall wasps.

    From the look of it, I'd tend to prune out a bit of the centre of your tree. It will let light into the tree and you'll get more fruit. Go up and check carefully if any branches are rubbing each other, cut one off if they are. If the tree gets too tall, cut it off at the height you want it to be. If you notice any bumps in the branches, they might be gall wasps, you have to cut them off and either burn them or put them in a tightly sealed plastic bag and leave them in the sun to kill the wasps eggs. And do any pruning when there will be no frost, if you're in one of those areas. Otherwise, just fertilise well in every season (4 times a year) and mulch around the base, but not touching the tree.


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