The Q&A Archives: When should you prune fruit trees?

Question: When should you prune fruit trees? Dr. Gerald Wilcox Romney, WV

Answer: Prune most fruit trees in early spring, after the coldest weather has passed but before the trees break dormancy and the buds begin to swell. You can also do some light pruning in late summer (avoid heavy pruning then -- it will cause a flush of tendernew growth and disturb the natural onset of dormancy). You can prune out dead and diseased wood any time.

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