fruit tree - Knowledgebase Question

uncasville, Co
Question by mumalmewasa
April 21, 2010
in fall i try to prune the pear tree. so i cut the main middle branch which one was going all the way high . now i got so many shoots which are also going again in the sky .is it okay . any other way to correct the pruning. i have two apple trees but way to big because never got prune and until flowers they are good but when they have fruit every fruit has some sort of worm or something .

Answer from NGA
April 21, 2010


You pruned your pear tree at the right time of year, but you topped it, which has resulted in lots of suckering growth. Suckers or watersprouts are vigorous vegetative shoots which drain nutrients needed for fruit production. At this point all you can do is cut off the suckers as soon as they develop.

There are two apple pests that damage the fruit: apple maggots and coddling moths. Apple maggots leave brownish looking tunnels in the fruit. Coddling moth larvae are the worms you actually find within the apple. You can hang coddling moth traps in your apple trees to reduce the number of damaged fruits.

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