Many Australian natives plants and Proteaceae grow into large, straggly, extremely woody plants if left untended. This growth habit is suit- able in some landscaping situations where the plant is used as a screen. But in a commercial plantation, where we require plants to be productive and compact, we need to develop strategies to manage plant growth.
Why do we prune?
To control growth and develop a suitable shape. Managing the shape of the plant ensures that each plant has sufficient space to grow, and enables easy access between rows. A good pruning program also restricts plant height, thus making picking easier.