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Pruning Old Apple Trees


 
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Moffo
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:03 pm    Post subject: Pruning Old Apple Trees Reply with quote

We have inherited some old apple trees that have not been pruned in probably 20 years. They produce plenty of Apples, and I intend to prune them very soon, any advice. Thanks
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barremic
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ping,

our apple tree is the same, we have found our it was planted in 1950, but i think it was pruned a couple of times after that.

if its any help, we lopped off any of the branches that were crossing (small ones) and any that looked cracked or damaged
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

young apple trees need to be pruned to shape when young and to encourage cropping. Old trees need to have all dead and diseased wood removed. remove any branches that are crossing over each other, remove branches too near the ground. if it is cropping alright leave it alone,
if it produces too many small apples then remove about a quarter of the cropping or fruiting shoots.
michael brenock horticultural advisor(retired)
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