Fruit Tree Follow-up Pruning Workshop
We know that pruning fruit trees correctly can result in many positive benefits, not the least of which are major increases in quality and quantity of the fruit that’s produced, and ease of harvest. However, if the initial pruning is not followed up in a timely and informed fashion, the result of pruning can in fact be counterproductive, and even harmful to the tree. In this second class in the series, we will observe the growth responses made by 80 fruit trees of many varieties to the pruning we gave them back in July, discuss our options, and make the follow-up pruning actions that will set the trees on a solid path to proper form and functional development. Participants can expect to go away with a deeper level of knowledge and confidence in the art of pruning, by understanding of the habits of tree growth and how we can maximize our interaction with them to support their health, longevity, and productivity. In addition to follow-up pruning, we will also give initial pruning to a handful of trees.
David Whatmore • David has been growing tropical fruit in Kilauea for 30 years and has taken a special interest in tree pruning. He does all of the pruning on his 700 fruit trees as well as advising and pruning at a few other farms. As a member of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers he has toured over 50 other fruit farms observing tree management techniques, and has attended many pruning workshops given by international experts. He has read more than a dozen books on pruning, but hands on experience and seeing the long term results has been the most informative for him.
What to bring:
Water, mosquito protection (long sleeved shirt & pants, repellent), bag lunch, gloves, notebook & pen.
Register online by Saturday for $20. Day of workshop/walk in registration is $25.
From the South:
Pass the Shell station in Kilauea, then pass the mini-golf course on the left. Make the next left onto Kahiliholo Road. There is a left turn lane and you will see a large sign saying “Kalihiwai Ridge.” (See below for more).
From the North:
Cross the Kalihiwai bridge, then make the next right onto Kahiliholo Road. You will see a large sign saying “Kalihiwai Ridge.”
From both directions:
Once you are on Kahiliholo Road in 1/2 mile there is a sign for “Pepperwood Plantation” on the right. Pass it and as the road curves to the right take the next left into a large driveway with a yellow flag. Go through the stone gate, and drive straight ahead. You will pass the community garden on your right. Park on the right just beyond the garden.
The nearest stops are in Kilauea and across from the Shell station and at Anaina Hou Community Park.