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apple pruning horizonal branches

Posted by cckw none (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 10, 13 at 12:06

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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RE: apple pruning horizonal branches

CCK:

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.

Mike



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RE: apple pruning horizonal branches

  • Posted by cckw none (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 10, 13 at 22:28

So prune them off now or when?


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RE: apple pruning horizonal branches

See this:
Training and Pruning your home orchard
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/pdf/pnw/pnw400.pdf

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


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RE: apple pruning horizonal branches

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.


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RE: apple pruning horizonal branches

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.


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