pruning fruit trees - Knowledgebase Question

Oakland, Ca
Question by turnerf
January 16, 2010
Should fruit trees be pruned every year. If so, when and how? Thanks for your assistance

Answer from NGA
January 16, 2010


Most fruit trees should be pruned on an annuals basis and should be pruned during the dormant season. Not only can you see the branch structure when the tree is bare, pruning encourages healthy new growth. Start by removing any dead, diseased, damaged, crossing or rubbing branches and then prune to shape. You can remove 8-12" of growth from the branch tips without harming your trees. Cut just in front of a bud - that's where new growth will emerge in the spring. Good luck with your trees!

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