[NAFEX] Apple Pruning?
tolenio at sentex.net
Sun Feb 6 13:26:14 EST 2005
Is it ever appropriate not to do any pruning on a young apple tree?
I have a Court Pend Plat that is very suseptible to powdery mildew,
similar to how Cortlands react to PM. I learned this last year when I
shifted away from captan after petal fall. The tree fruited (first
fruiting) but overall tree vigor was impaired by PM for the rest of the
season. I could not get a handle on it. I only have 6-8" of new seaonal
growth and wonder if I should prune at all this season.
The apples were very good, and I will use appropriate chemicals this year
to stay ahead of the PM.
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