In my previous post, I went over the biology of pruning plants, and how it is possible to take advantage of biological imperatives in order to achieve the desired result in the garden. Be that more flowers, bushier plants or larger and sweeter fruits. However, it is important to note that there are different types of plants, and the method and timing of their pruning will depend on their growth habits, time of flowering, and, of course, the desires of the gardener.

This is a very large topic that needs a whole book to address, and, fortunately, there are several books that you can buy to cover this issue. My personal favorite is “The Pruning Book” by Lee Reich. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the art and science of pruning. The book is comprehensive and covers everything from basic pruning techniques to more advanced concepts like tree training and espalier. The author’s writing style is clear and concise, and the illustrations are helpful in demonstrating the different techniques.

Coverage of Different Types of Plants

One of the strengths of “The Pruning Book” is its coverage of pruning for a variety of plants, including fruit trees, ornamentals, and shrubs. The author provides specific guidance on how to prune each type of plant, with detailed instructions and diagrams to help the reader visualize the process. This makes the book a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their pruning skills for a wide range of plants.

Importance of Understanding Plant Biology

Another valuable aspect of the book is its emphasis on the importance of understanding the biology of plants when making pruning decisions. The author explains how different types of plants respond to pruning, and how to take advantage of these responses to achieve specific goals, such as shaping a tree or promoting fruit production. This approach not only makes the book more informative, but it also helps the reader develop a deeper appreciation for the plants they are pruning.

Practical Advice

One of the things that sets “The Pruning Book” apart from other pruning guides is its practical advice. The author provides tips on when to prune, how much to prune, and what tools to use. He also gives advice on dealing with common pruning problems, such as crossing branches and water sprouts. The practical nature of the book makes it easy for readers to apply what they’ve learned in their own gardens.


In conclusion, “The Pruning Book” by Lee Reich is an excellent resource for anyone looking to improve their pruning skills. The book is well-written, informative, and practical, and would make a valuable addition to any gardener’s library. The author’s emphasis on understanding plant biology and his coverage of pruning for a variety of plants make this book stand out from others on the topic. I highly recommend “The Pruning Book” to anyone interested in the art and science of pruning.

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