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Feb 02, Permaculture designer Chuck Marsh will teach you how to prune your baby apple stumpmulching.bar free to visit us at stumpmulching.bar It won't hurt to prune up to 1/3 of the first year growth during dormancy (they've contributed their part to the root system already).
It makes what you leave grow more strongly. I wouldn't cut back the leader or promising branches above 3'.
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Of course, get rid of every sprout from below the graft, those are bad. Unfeathered maiden Prune to a bud 75cm (2½ft) above the ground, with three or four healthy buds below. Prune apple cultivars on very Such pruning will stimulate production of strong vigorous shoots from which the primary branches can be selected. The tree on the left is a 1 year old (sometimes called a maiden) apple tree ready to be pruned.
The picture on the right is the pruned version.
Fruiting spurs look like swollen buds along the branch.
Just under one half of the main stem has been cut off. About a third has been pruned off each of the remaining side branches. Mar 16, Year 1 – The first year of pruning is to remove any dead, damaged or diseased wood and to open out the centre of the tree. You should not remove more than 25% of the tree per year or it will try to repair the damage by producing too much new growth. All the cuts you will be making at this stage will be thinning stumpmulching.bars: