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Mar 02, Young fruit trees and mature fruit trees have different needs when it comes to pruning. Neglected trees are worth an article of their own. Young fruit trees ( years) need to be trained so that the framework of growth is desirable for both growth and harvest. When planting new trees, trim any branches below 24 inches.

The ideal tree for the home orchard is 5-10 feet; at that height, you are best able to prune, spray, thin and harvest.

Nov 21, A tree’s response to a pruning cut depends on where on the branch the cut is made. Both types of cuts are used in pruning fruit trees and grapes. Heading cuts: Several buds left on the cut branch grow, making denser, more compact foliage on more branches. (Figure 1) Thinning cuts: Branches are removed entirely, leaving no buds to grow. Their Estimated Reading Time: 8 mins.

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Mar 09, Get information about pruning fruit trees in this OSU Master Gardener Minute University Class presented by OSU Master Gardener Sherry Sheng. See more. Provides general rules for training, pruning, and limb bending, and explains open-center, central-leader, and espalier training.

Outlines specific guidelines for training and pruning apple, pear, sweet cherry, sour cherry, peach, prune, plum, apricot, fig, persimmon, walnut, hazelnut, and chestnut trees. Includes 17 figures that illustrate various techniques. In Cooperation with Oregon State University Extension Service Pruning Trees and Shrubs Reasons for Pruning To train a plant To maintain plant health To improve the quality of flowers, fruit, foliage, or stems To restrict growth Tools Hand shears – Bypass type preferred; anvil type also available; for branches up to ½ inch in diameter.