View Full Version : Apple Trees (Bushes on a trunk)

06-01-2008, 03:36 PM
So I planted some apples trees last fall/winter and they survived. :) At the time I had not seen this site and was oblivious to correct pruning methods of apple trees. I have 3 trees that are in good shape that have a central trunk, that I have tied and clothespinned the limbs to create the correct branch angles, but I have 3 that are basically apple bushes on top of trunks. Just wondering what I should do about this.

Here are some pics for reference



06-01-2008, 04:04 PM
They don't look too bad, just tie some of those weaker leaders down to as close to horizontal as you can without splitting them. leave the strongest leader to grow straight up, and manage the branches off it, as you have mentioned.

If you cant get them bent, you may have to prune a few off.

I'd pinch the tops of the branches also to prevent them from getting too long. Keep them from competing.

You'll be able to remove the string in a month or so, or let it rot off. Try to use cotton, or baling twine.

06-01-2008, 08:41 PM
Only thing I see wrong is no cages around them to keep the deer from destroying them. I'd HIGHLY recommend doing that.

06-01-2008, 10:26 PM
I had cages up, but took them down for the pics to show more of the trees. Thanks for the help.