The Q&A Archives: Pruning Fruit Trees

Question: I have several fruit trees that are only about three years old. I feel it is time to prune them. Please give me some methodology on how to attack the problem.

Answer: Now that your trees are well established, you can safely prune to shape, and to encourage fruiting. Different fruit trees require different approaches. For instance, apple trees respond to either an open center (upside-down umbrella shape), or a central leader type training. Plum and cherry can just be thinned. You didn't specify which kind of fruit trees you're growing, so the best course of action is to pick up a book at your local library, or visit a website with detailed information. The book I'd recommend is 'Pruning' by Christopher Brickell, ISBN#0-671-65841-7. Your local library should have a copy. Or, try this website:

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