[NAFEX] Summer Topping of Apple Trees

lee reich lreich at hvc.rr.com
Wed Nov 23 09:47:08 EST 2005

In my experience, response will vary from year to year because over  
most of continental US, growing conditions vary so much from year to  
year as far as temperatures, rainfall, and humidity. This is one  
reason that recommendations for pruning espaliered apples and pears,  
which originated in the relatively consistent growing conditions of  
northern Europe, do not work so well here as far as developing fruit  

Lee Reich, PhD

Books by Lee Reich:
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
A Northeast Gardener's Year
The Pruning Book
Weedless Gardening

On Nov 23, 2005, at 9:10 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:

>    Earlier this year, 'Summer Topping of Apple Trees' was a subject of
> discussion.  Like others had done, I also had topped my apple trees  
> in early
> Spring only to have them 'grow hair', so to speak.  I did not wish  
> to do
> that again so I took up the Summer topping suggestion.  It worked.  No
> abnormal growth.  New growth sprouted or grew as though the trees  
> hadn't
> been topped at all.  If timing makes a difference, I topped my  
> trees when
> the fruit was about 3/4" in diameter.  I was installing zip-lock  
> bags and,
> when I realized that I couldn't reach the highest fruits, I decided  
> it was a
> good time to top the trees.
> -- 
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN
> www.bberryfarm.com
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