The slow-growing cistena plum requires little maintenance.
You can do this, but not with the same pals. You can root prune them for a few years (as they are growing down there in balance with the top growth), but then will need to put them in the ground - I expect you have plenty of good needy locations for your old friends - or give them to the neighbor who has been salivating over them for years.
e. Spring through fall. Renewal pruning - Can be cut to ground in March to remove frost-damaged wood. Can prune during growing season to control shape, if necessary.
Natal Plum Carissa grandiflora Flowers on new growth in early summer. Renewal pruning of dead wood or frost damage in early Feb.- March. Remove offshoots or vigorous growth as needed. Dwarf cultivars can revert to the species unless you keep the lower branches pruned closely. Prune them in early spring to avoid clipping off the flower buds. The canopy needs only light pruning to correct problems such as broken, damaged or wayward treeclearing.barted Reading Time: 2 mins. Most varieties of this shrub have sharp spines, so it can work well as a barrier or hedge.
You can shape Natal plum into a tree form or hedge through pruning. Trimming will also prompt the shrub to produce more flowers and fruit. You may need to prune plants that are close to a sidewalk so that pedestrians do not get injured by the treeclearing.barted Reading Time: 5 mins. Cut each of the four branches back so that each one has just 1 or 2 buds. Make the cuts just above the buds. Cut the remaining side shoots and branches flush against the trunk.
For the first two years of the tree's life, prune only during the dormant season and keep the scaffold whorl cut back.