Fruit Tree Pruning Guide
Fruit Tree Pruning
Pruning is a very important part of proper fruit tree care, but many people find the task overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! Keep these things in mind:
- You can have confidence in knowing that not everyone will prune the exact same way (including the “experts”).
- It is definitely best for your tree to do some pruning versus no pruning.
- There are three main reasons you should prune your tree: its survival, stimulation and shaping.
- If a fruit tree is left un-pruned, it will not grow well— and in some cases, may not grow at all.
Fruit Thinning. The best time to thin apple trees is within 20 to 40 days of full bloom. Space each apple 6 to 8 inches apart on the branch. In clusters, leave the king bloom (the center bloom in the cluster of five flowers) as it will develop into the largest fruit.