Quick apple pruning question on newly planted tree.

OregonEdMay 30, 2014

Hello all.
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 :)
Thanks -Ed

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Read this:
Training and Pruning Your Home Orchard
http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/22166/pnw400.pdf

Here is a link that might be useful: Training and Pruning Your Home Orchard

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 1:33PM
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OregonEd

jean001a, that is a nice article on general pruning. I have a specific question though:

Is it too late to make a heading cut on a central leader now that it is summer?

In the absence of any advice, I'll probably just leave the tree alone and let it establish itself more. I'll prune back the leader (with this summer's growth) next winter.

Here's a pic by the way.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 12:17AM
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ConwayOrchard(7)

Hi Ed-
I will lend some experience to my 4-1 apple. Last year my 4-1 looked like this on the main scaffold of all the 4 types. It was almost like the tree was damaged somehow but the ends were just like your tree and leafed out properly. I had probably a foot of just branch with no leafing. I waited until late November and cut them back quite substantially and it leafed out properly, flowered and now has apples. So, I would probably just let it go until dormant, then cut. It worked for me. With a tree that young its really about the root development and removing 30% of the leaves can't help early summer.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 8:25AM
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OregonEd

ConwayOrchard, thank you for the reply. You confirm that I will just let the tree settle in this season :)

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 12:22PM
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