Answer: You can train new little trees by pinching or rubbing the buds that grow too low down on the trunk. But, don't pinch out the tip of the main stem or your tree will never get any taller! Your saplings will continue to put on height as they mature, and branch buds will form along the trunk at regular intervals. Rub out any buds that are too low down, and leave those that are well placed.
Since trees need leaves for photosynthesis, you may want to leave one or two of the misplaced branches on the trees for now, then remove them after newer branches develop.
Continue to give your saplings TLC and allow them to grow at will. You can do some formal pruning and training when they're a little older.
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