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Apple Tree Before and After a Prune (continued - page 5a)


The tree on the left is a 1 year old (sometimes called a maiden) apple tree ready to be pruned. The picture on the right is the pruned version. Just under one half of the main stem has been cut off. About a third has been pruned off each of the remaining side branches.

If more than six side branches remain on the pruned main stem, then prune the excess side branches as close as possible to the main stem. Aim to have the remaining side branches evenly spread around the tree.


Name: vera
E-mail: Private
Date posted: July 19, 2011 - 11:37 am
Message: two years ago i planted 3 apple pips in a pot, it has now grown over 3ft with lots of side shoots all well covered with leaves having never grown anything before I have know idea what to do now. please can you advise...

Name: jan
Date posted: December 08, 2010 - 04:00 am
Message: can anyone email me with an answer please, can u advise and help, we have 2 mini patio apple trees which we have planted in the garden, not in a tub, we planted these last year, had a small crop of apples only this year, mini ones, can u advise me how to prune, and when this year.all i have left are dead brownish leaves. thanks

Name: Bryan
Date posted: September 04, 2010 - 02:21 pm
Message: i have a apple and a pear tree..pear tree fruited in the second year without pruning as i am a absolute beginner at gardening at the tender age of 70 years tree fruited first year with not being pruned..i was sold them as dwarf tree is dwarf.the pear tree is at least 10 foot tall..the pears are hard and im sorry i dont know what variety it is..also the apple tree has plenty of apples but again i dont know what variety it is..apples are hard and crunchy...any help would be of great value to me..thank you your time in this matter...