Crab apple training?

trapperdf(5)March 18, 2013

Are crab apples trained to a central leader or are they left alone to take on their own shape.
I'm waiting for a wickson crab to arrive and not sure how to train it.

Thanks

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

If you like the shape you can leave it alone, you're in no need for heavy pruning when ornamental.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 10:56PM
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lucky_p

konrad,
Wickson is one of the best 'edible' crab varieties - high-quality fruit with high brix and excellent flavor, though fairly small, as crabs are wont to be - though, like most apples, I'm sure it's 'ornamental' when in bloom.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 1:13PM
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trapperdf(5)

Yes, I plan to eat them and make cider. The reason I ask is The fedco website says crabs require little to no pruning and recommends allowing the trees to assume their own unique form. although Wickson is not listed with the other edible crabs.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 3:37PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Ah..oh,..sorry, somehow I missed Wickson.
Then I would do some pruning,..don't get the branches mangled up,..get some light in. I also cut back ends that it can hold a load of apples. But let it grow a year or two.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 1:39AM
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