How to prune ap­ples

Gardeners' World - - Pruning Month -

Ap­ple trees ben­e­fit from be­ing pruned twice a year – once in the dor­mant sea­son and again in mid­sum­mer. The dor­mant sea­son is any time after the leaves have fallen, through un­til the plant starts back into growth in spring. Prun­ing should in­volve thin­ning out over­crowded branches and fruit spurs, as well as dam­aged, dis­eased and cross­ing stems. At the same time, vig­or­ous stems can be cut back by half. Re­mem­ber that hard prun­ing in the dor­mant sea­son will pro­mote more vig­or­ous re­growth in spring. So, to limit the size of trees and to pro­mote more fruit, sum­mer prun­ing is hugely ben­e­fi­cial, too.

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