Replacing mature trees

Creek-side(5)April 28, 2013

I have two very large fuji apple trees which my father planted in the mid 80s. He didn't prune them much at all, and by the time he died they were both reaching twenty or so feet high in the middle. I gave them major haircuts for a couple of years just to bring them under control, and then minor pruning after that to shape them up.

They are good producers, so I could easily get by with one. I am wondering when I should think about replacing one of them so that at some point I'm not faced with losing both at the same time. I have a lot of land, but I also have many other fruit trees,and I don't want to dedicate more space to fujis.

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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Just learned of pollarding. Can this be done on mature apple trees?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 12:19PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

With good care those Fuji trees could last the rest of your life. Especially if you keep both you will see signs of decline in time to plant another tree.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 12:39PM
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