apple pruning horizonal branches

curtis(5)June 10, 2013

I have some horizontal branch that are putting off the vertical shoots. these branches are desirable, except I have learned that horizontal does the vertical shoots and no fruit buds. So at this point what do I do? Seems too late to stake them at a better angle, or is it? So how do I fix this?

I bought these trees from a reputable nursery, but they give no instruction beyond how to transplant. We had read some stuff on the web, but most of it was inadequate. Just found this forum this year so now learning fast.

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mes111(5b -Purling NY & 7b -Nassau County NY)


Actually forcing a branch to the horizontal induces and encourages formation of fruiting spurs/buds.

Yes, the tree will try to push growth "upwards" ( because it wants to be a tree and not a fence) these shoots can be pruned down to 2-3 inches and they will convert to fruiting spurs/buds.


    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 3:02PM
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So prune them off now or when?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 10:28PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

See this:
Training and Pruning your home orchard

Here is a link that might be useful: Training and Pruning your home orchard

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 11:16PM
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alan haigh

A 90 degree angle from the trunk does encourage a lot of vertical secondary branching. Somewhere around 60 degrees should be the goal during training. Not sure what your situation is.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 5:03AM
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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

Bend them down or prune them off now, at your option. It is not too late to get your verticals to develop some fruit buds for next year if you bend them down right away using weights or whatever.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 8:06AM
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