[NAFEX] Apple Tree Training

tanis cuff tanistanis at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 9 10:31:38 EST 2004

Did you WANT a central leader?   You might try tying together 2 opposite 
branches-- each bending the other upwards.   Eventually, after a couple 
years, they will be trained and you can remove the less desireable.

If you want a branched crown, it would be best to reduce the branch numbers, 
I'd say to 4, considering I haven't seen the tree.   Your description, of 
all this growth being in one season, indicates a vigorous tree, so consider 
summer-pruning instead of removals in spring.

----Original Message Follows----
From: Tom Olenio <>
Subject: [NAFEX] Apple Tree Training
Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 08:51:19 -0500

Hello All,

If the central leader dies out, and a number of lateral
branches emerge from around the top of a 2 year old grafted
tree (about 4' tall), is there an optimal number of lateral
branches to leave after pruning, setting the training

I have 6-9 lateral branches (all summer 2003 growth)
clustered within a foot of the top, and my gut says there
should be 3-4.  None of them are upright, in a position to
replace the central leader.

The extreme cold of January 2003 must have injured the
central leader, and it died, inspiring these laterals..

Any suggestions?


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