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Nov 16, Winter dormancy is the proper time for pruning an apple tree, but you should prune to remove water sprouts and suckers as soon as they arise in late spring or early summer.

Try to catch them when they are no more than 12 inches (30 cm.) long. At this point, you can pull them off by treefall.pwted Reading Time: 2 mins. Though the proper time for structural pruning of an apple tree is late winter while the tree is dormant and leafless, trimming resulting water sprouts in summer when the tree is not primed for new Author: Patricia H.

Reed. Jun 29, Two types of vigorous and undesirable shoot growth are water sprouts and suckers. Water sprouts grow along branches usually at pruning sites, while suckers grow from the tree's trunk or roots.

These will always interfere with normal tree growth and should be Missing: Kathleen FL. in the top of the tree each year is necessary to keep growth down.

Occasionally, you will want to leave a water sprout in the top to branch out and provide shade to the upper branches to prevent sun scald. The second year the water sprout can be cut back two or three feet and the side branches will bear fruit and keep growth down, not treefall.pwg: Kathleen FL. Cut off water sprouts growing on the trunk and scaffold limbs. Occasionally, a water sprout may be left to fill in an open area.

Remove broken and diseased branches. Remove the weakest of crossing or closely growing parallel limbs. Remove all limbs or spurs growing downwards. If the tree needs more branch thinning, remove weak, spindly branches Size: KB. Water-sprout removal should occur close to the trunk or branch from which they are growing. Just like with regular, routine pruning, be sure not to leave much of a stub behind when you remove watersprouts.

With Video Terry shows us just how simple it is to prune an apple tree using the central leader pruning method. Popular Products Missing: Kathleen FL. Second, take out vertical “water sprouts” in the center of the tree. Most will be the diameter of your thumb or less.

These limbs don’t produce apples because they are so shaded. Third, examine the remaining branches and selectively prune away those that shade another vigorous limb a few feet beneath treefall.pwg: Kathleen FL. Oct 07, The best time to prune apple trees is either late in the winter or early in the spring because that’s the time when the tree is entering a dormant state after shedding its leaves and before new buds appear.

It’s best to complete the pruning just before the growth starts in Missing: Kathleen FL.

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