training limbs back UP?

daemon2525(5)June 3, 2014

I have a couple of Honeycrisp/Bud9 that are VERY droopy.
They are still small trees and are drooping so much that they are comical looking. Can I/Should I train the limbs backup to somewhat normal?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

You can train back upright but I'd probably also head the branches to make them stiffer. It sounds like they are far from being able to support the weight of any fruit.

What you do also depends on your training system.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 1:10PM
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Would you head them back now? I don't care about fruit or anything this year. I could cut them back to 6 Inch stubs if I thought it would be better in the long run.

They have about 6 inches of new growth already.

And yes you are correct they are pretty skinny limp branches.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 2:29PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I'm a little confused. Is it last yrs growth that is floppy? Surely the 6 inches isn't flopping over is it?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 2:59PM
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No, This years growth is the last 6 inches on a 30" limb.

The limbs are all somewhere between 24 and 36 inches long, about the diameter of a pencil and drooping much further down than horizontal.

I would take a picture but I have attempted to pull them up above horizontal so the picture would not show the problem.

I'm just not sure that my efforts to tie them up is going to do any good.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 3:58PM
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