[NAFEX] Stardard Apple Pruning

Topgun aatopgunaa at mindspring.com
Wed Mar 16 17:29:16 EST 2005


N(Napthalene Acetic Acid) sprayed on the cuts where the suckers were removed
should help stop new ones from growing out.
Topgun
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "tanis grif" <tanisgrif at yahoo.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Stardard Apple Pruning


> If you are tired too, tell your father-in-law.  Get him to hire some young
kid to
> continue to prune off the suckers.  (These suckers & knots could have been
prevented
> by summer-pruning, years ago, but probably too late now.  Would be a
project, to
> convert...)  If the kid is interested in orcharding, teach him or her
grafting; get
> the father-in-law involved in a project of grafting the big old trees onto
new
> rootstocks.  If he sees the benefits of this, he may get the idea himself
to remove
> the old trees.  Everybody wins?
>
>
> --- Thomas Olenio <> wrote:
>
> >
> > Hello.
> >
> > My father inlaw has a mix of dwarf and standard sized apple trees.  At
age
> > 78 he relented and allowed me to prune the standard trees.  His knees
are
> > bad, and he has no business being on a ladder.
> >
> > Anyway, many of the standard trees have knots of suckers in their
crowns.
> > The knots having formed from years and yeats of sucker pruning.
> >
> > Should these knots be sawn off, or just prune the sucker?
> >
> > Sawing off the knot will remove the knot and all of last seasons suckers
> > growing from the knot.  However, it is a lot of work to saw them all
off.
> > Individual sucker removal is difficult too as the knots make it
difficult
> > to get at the base of the suckers.
> >
> > Which is the correct approach?
> >
> > My approach would be to take down the standards and replace them with
> > dwarfs. but the trees have sentimental value to my father inlaw.
> >
> > I tired right now from wrestling with a standard Macintosh that did not
> > bear fruit last year, but put all it's energy into suckers (biennial).
> > Arrrgggh!
> >
> > Any suggestions?
> >
> > Later,
> > Tom
> >
>
>
>
>
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