When should you trim your apple tree?
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Keeping this in consideration, how hard can you prune an apple tree?
Apple trees are one of the few deciduous trees that will bounce back from a hard, single-year shortening. This type of pruning requires you to cut off every one of the main branches except for a single leader. You should not do this if your apple tree does not have any major branches lower than 6 to 8 feet.
Likewise, can you over prune an apple tree? Over-pruning (removing more than 25 percent of the canopy in any one year) may result in the production of watershoots (epicormic growth), which are vigorous, tall, upright and leafy branches, producing no flowers or fruit.
Likewise, how do you prune a new apple tree?
- Cut back the central stem just above a wide-angled, strong shoot, approximately 75cm (2½ft) from the ground, ensuring there are three to four evenly-spaced shoots below.
- Shorten these branches by half to two-thirds, cutting just above an outward-facing bud.
- Remove any remaining lower branches.
Can you kill an apple tree by over pruning?
Take heart—it is almost impossible to kill a tree by pruning it, and most of the intimidating pruning takes place in the first three years of an apple tree's life. After then, the hard part is over.