Should i prune mini apple tree

averil(8b)March 26, 2013

Hi all you good people. I bought this miniature apple tree last year (bet you are all impressed eh? :) Ive never had a fruit tree before and Im wondering how to get it to branch out. Would you suggest lopping any bits off or just leave it as it is. Im in UK and although its spring its very cold at the mo so wont touch it yet.Sorry the pics not great
Many thanks for any suggestions
averil

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averil(8b)

Heres the pic the right way round

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 11:31AM
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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

It looks like it is branching out pretty well all on its own. I might take a few inches (10 cm?) off the lower branches to keep them from competing too much with the central leader and to help them branch more. But otherwise this tree doesn't look like it really needs pruning.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 1:07PM
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averil(8b)

Thankyou dm. If you think it looks okay then i shall leave it. As I said I dont know anything about fruit trees. Its nice to come on here for advice
Kind regards
Averil

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 2:35PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Averil:

If you want a fuller and more branched tree I think you will need to head back those three long shoots. Leave that short shoot and cut the other three back to not much longer. If you don't all that blind wood will be there forever. By blind wood I mean all that wood on the three shoots with no spurs or branches.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 3:13PM
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murkwell

I like blind wood in the middle of the tree. Gives you someplace to stand.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 5:07PM
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averil(8b)

Hi fruit nut, thanks for advice. I don't like all that blind wood so I shall take the bull by the horns and shorten them. MUrky it could make a nice shady place for a gnome
THanks folks

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 2:40PM
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