Quick apple pruning question on newly planted tree.
I planted a Liberty apple on M26 this past winter. It is growing well.
After planting, I pruned it. However, I did not cut back the main whip leader as much as I would have liked. The tree has grown tons of new growth in the 6-12" under my heading cut, but there is a long (2-3') trunk under that which is empty. I would like more branching in the middle area. (FYI, the tree has good low branching.)
So my question, should 1:
1) Wait until next winter and head it back to where I wanted it to be
2) Go ahead now and head it back in summer time
3) leave it as is becasue the open middle part of the main leader will eventually branch out in the coming years.
I can post a picture tonight :)