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  • #10419

    Justsimple
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    does anyone have some tips for me to prune my apple tree? its been a bit neglected

    cheers!

    #10789

    fillin
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    Open up the interior of the tree to ensure that there is good light penetration.If they are any shoots at the base that are shading the interior then it is better to remove them.Select 3-5 lower scaffold branches with good crotch angles.Make sure that the limbs with poor angles and excessive scaffold limbs should be removed at their base.If you are planing on doing the pruning during the winter make sure that the tree is not fertilized the following spring.

    #11162

    Justsimple
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    oh wow, top tips there fillin!! thanks so much for those 🙂 i have an apple tree that is not grafted and about 6ft – no idea on variety (they are eating apples though). is there an optimum height i should let it reach?

    thanks

    #11401

    fillin
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    No, you normally prune small trees to strengthen the framework and larger trees are pruned to increase the quality of the fruit they bear and the overall shape.

    #11419

    Jen
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    Good advice there, Fillin 🙂

    #11530

    Justsimple
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    thanks again Fillin, top notch adivce 🙂

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