What does disbudding consist of?

Sometimes we can have a plant that does not end up producing all the branches that we would like or that has a development that is not what we expected. When that happens, we can resort to pruning to try to solve it.

One of the most used techniques is disbudding , which is carried out especially on young fruit trees so that they can grow better. But what does it consist of and when is it done?


  • 1 What is it?
  • 2 When is it done?

What is?

Disbudding is a technique that consists of cutting the lateral shoots of a stem or the buds so that all the energy allocated by the plant is concentrated in a single shoot: the main one, which will serve as a growth guide. What is it done for? There are several reasons why a gardener or gardener may choose to carry out this work on his plants, among them:

  • Get him to gain more height . For example, a young tree that has started to branch from the bottom and looks more like a bush than a tree.
  • revive the plant . If it has been very sick, to the point that a large part of its branches have dried up, it is decided to cut them, leaving only the most vigorous.
  • Rejuvenate her . There are many shrubs, such as rose bushes, that need a rejuvenation pruning every year in order to produce a greater number of branches.
fruit tree pruning

When it’s made?

Disbudding is a practice that is normally carried out before the plant resumes its growth , that is, towards the end of winter. But if she has been very sick and it is, for example, spring, it can also be done (in fact, if it was not done it would be possible that we could not save her).

We will take some pruning shears, we will disinfect them with pharmacy alcohol and we will proceed to cut what interests us.

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