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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:48 pm    Post subject: Discipline for a young unruly apple tree Reply with quote

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Im a complete novice.
This apple tree got blown over two years ago and all that was left was the root ball. i stuck it in the ground in a rough part of the garden and it is about 5 ft tall now. I was wondering should i prune this back and train it. Fruit would be nice but im more interested in a good tree shape. Any directions would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:14 pm    Post subject: Chopping apples? Reply with quote

That little chap looks perfect as he is. Whether he grows up to be like his father is another thing. If the growth from the root ball started from the grafting point you'll be grand. Of course if daddy was a REAL apple tree [as in not grafted on] you will have a lovely tree in a few years. The only cutting I might do to this baby is to cut out the lower laterals during the dormant season and let the two verticals develop. If the baby is a chip off the old block it will want to grow to the same size as the oul fella. My rule with apple trees is I never prune til I've seen blossom and preferably an apple.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:28 pm    Post subject: thanks walltoall Reply with quote

I really appreciate your advice walltoall. Thanks because i was worried that if i spared the rod id spoil the child. Some of the websites seem to be advocate a very strict approach to pruning apple trees but perhaps to be fair i was misinterpreting their advice. It was weighing on me heavily that i might have to cut the verticals as im a bit soft on it really. I will cut out those laterals when the time is right.
Thanks again for the advice

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If that was mine, and I wasn't too worried about the fruit, I'd cut out everything except the strongest vertical shoot. Then, I'd cut the top off that shoot about six inches above where you want the first branches to grow out. What you do after that depends upon what shape you want the tree to be. More than likely, those shoots are growing from the rootstock, so the fruit will likely be poor anyway.
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