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pruning old apple trees

Gardening Reference » Gardening in 2004
by razzbarry1 on June 03, 2004 01:55 AM
How do you prune an old apple tree? I have 4 dwarf apple trees that have not been pruned in over 20 years. What can be done to prune them? They are pretty big, probably 12 feet tall and just as wide. The main trunk is probably 10 inches in diameter. I looked at a local orchard and they seem to keep the trees pretty bare, few limbs. And I guess I should ask when I should prune them or does it matter when severe pruning will be done?

by papito on June 03, 2004 04:36 PM
I have several dwarf apple and pear trees. Pruning, if needed, is usually done when the trees are dormant (late winter/early spring).

See Ohio State University info on Pruning mature apple and pear trees

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