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Cut those ranches that are to big at the point of attachment.

Posted by thisisme az9b (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 7, 12 at 16:00

I had an Apricot tree that got a little neglected last year. One of the branches grew to larger than 50 percent of the size of the main trunk at the point of attachment. As a result all the growth above it was retarded. The over sized branch was sucking the life out of the tree. If it were a human it would look like a cartoon character with a large body and wide shoulders with a little bitty head sticking up in the middle.

Anyway, before it broke dormancy this year I cut off the over sized branch to within 18" of the main trunk. The result was rapid growth above the over sized branch and a huge crop of fruit. Already picked and eaten. The over sized branch put out some new growth too. Some of which I cut back and some I let grow.

I plan on cutting the rest of the over sized branch off flush with the main trunk when it goes dormant again in January. Before anybody mentions it. Yes, I know this tree needs to be properly pruned and it has some scale. It will get pruned and sprayed.

Royal Blenheim Apricot, Cut back over sized branch. Kodak Easyshare Z730

Royal Blenheim Apricot, New growth after the cut. Taken June 7th 2012. Kodak Easyshare Z730

Hopefully this will serve as a good illustration and some one will be encouraged to do some much needed cutting.

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RE: Cut those ranches that are to big at the point of attachment.

Drip lines in the background? I imagine that's pretty much a must in Arizona. Nice photos, good tip about the watersprout. Thanks for posting.

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