Male pruning

26 November 2015

Managing male vines well is a key part of safeguarding orchards against Psa infection and future-proofing pollen supply for the orchard. Where needed, more tolerant male varieties should be grafted in and male pruning should be well supervised.

  • Remove obviously Psa infected canes and wood
  • Make the structural cuts to help promote spur growth and provide a flat, open canopy
  • Seal any large wounds with suitable sealant.
  • Maintain a gap between male and female vines
  • Carry out pruning in dry weather
  • Always maintain good tool hygiene to avoid infection transfer
  • Follow pruning rounds with a Psa-V protectant spray

Click here for KVH Best Practice Advice: Male Management