Newly planted trees almost winter killed; special shaping care?

glib(5.5)July 2, 2014

Last Fall I planted 7 apple trees, thinking that with the recent mild winters they would make it. We then had the coldest winter in 80 years. The good news is they all survived, but four of them died down to close to the graft. I am guessing that everything above snow died. They have one to several shoots coming from anywhere 1 to 4 inches above the graft. The other 3 have shoots, but are also somewhat slow at growing.

I have done nothing to them yet. I am thinking of leaving the two with a single shoot alone this year, and start rubbing off excess shoots (plus branch pulling) in the other trees in a few weeks. Advice will be appreciated.

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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

I have used the original trunk as a support to train the new shoot with. It's quick and easy. Just remember to cut the old dead trunk off next spring. I neglected this on my Kristin cherry and the new shoot grew around the old stump, which had the tag on it. Not too pretty at this point but it will grow out.

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