Royal Horticultural Society: (OP) Pruning and Training

Author(s): Christopher Brickell


Help your plants grow to their full glory with this unrivalled practical guide. Contains detailed A-Z information on general pruning principles, growth habits and particular needs of plants, trees and flowers. Coppicing, topiary, pleaching and pinch pruning are some of the more unusual pruning and training techniques that feature alongside traditional practices. The ultimate garden reference to ensure more impressive flowers, foliage and crops of fruit and berries.


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To prune or not to prune? When to prune? Why prune at all? Just some of the questions this seemingly complex subject raises. But a basic understanding of the reasons behind the methods will reveal an underlying logic: to encourage flowering, fruit, improve the shape or make bushier. The expertise of the Royal Horticultural Society is beyond doubt. On the brink of celebrating its centenary, the Society has promoted horticultural excellence and training since its inception. Written by experts in layman's terms, this is both a visual and written guide to the topic of pruning and training. Lavishly illustrated and clearly captioned, all aspects are covered for every type of plant: trees, shrubs, climbers, fruit trees and roses, from initial pruning at planting to established trees needing shaping or rejuvenation. This is THE definitive guide and a must for every gardener. - Lucy Watson

Christopher Brickell is Chairman of the International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants. He is editor-in-chief of DK's RHS Gardeners' Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers and The RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening. In 1991 he was awarded the CBE for his services to horticulture. Christopher lives in West Sussex. David Joyce is the celebrated author of many specialized books on horticultural techniques and was General Editor of The Chelsea Year.

Introduction: how plants grow; principles of pruning and training; tools and equipment. Ornamental trees: tree forms; basic techniques; initial training; pruning established trees; renovation; coppicing and pollarding; pleaching; conifers; palms and palm-like plants; hedges; topiary; dictionary of ornamental trees. Tree fruits: fruit tree forms; basic techniques; renovation; hardy fruits; tender fruits; nuts. Ornamental shrubs: basic techniques; initial training; pruning established shrubs; renovation; wall training; special stem and foliage effects; training shrubs as standards; bamboos and grasses; pinch pruning; dictionary of ornamental shrubs. Soft fruits: soft fruit forms; basic techniques; cane fruits; bush fruits. Climbing plants: types of climbing plants; basic techniques; initial training; pruning established climbers; renovation; special training; dictionary of climbing plants; fruiting vines. Roses: rose types and forms; basic techniques; renovation; modern bush roses; standard roses; shrub roses; climbing and rambler roses; special training.

General Fields

  • : 9781405300735
  • : pengui
  • : pengui
  • : 1.38
  • : April 2003
  • : 266mm X 202mm X 30mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Christopher Brickell
  • : Hardback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 635.0442
  • : 336
  • : 1500 illustrations