Answer: After planting, most fruit trees are "headed back"; to do this, cut back the central leader, removing about one third the previous year's growth. Cut just above a strong bud. If there are scaffold branches, do the same thing with them, cutting them toa downward-facing bud. The intent is to encourage a stout, strong framework for the tree. A wonderful source of information and supplies for growing fruit trees in the north is St. Lawrence Nurseries in Potsdam, NY. Their catalog is full of interesting material, including good reference books. And their web site at: http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us features their own Planting Guide.
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