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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:02 pm    Post subject: when/how to prune young apple tree Reply with quote

we have a james grieve apple tree, bought and planted last year, and it fruited this year for the first time. it's like an overloaded fishing rod; the leader and approx. 4 branches are drooping very heavily with the weight of fruit on them, which is not an unusually large crop.
so what should i do to beef the tree up? leave well alone and wait, or get the secateurs out?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I would nip off the flowers before they become fruits for the first few years of the trees life in your garden. I prefer the young tree to put its energy into growing rather than producing a crop for the first while.
You missed nipping it in the bud for this year, but I would still remove the crop now.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

time to start harvesting, so!
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