[NAFEX] Seeking Orchard Planning Resources

David Doud doudone at netusa1.net
Mon Aug 11 13:10:29 EDT 2008

apple trees require a certain volume of space to be 'happy' - they  
will naturally occupy that volume in differing configurations if  
allowed their natural form - (some are upright, some spread, some  
droop) - so, yes, you can train (one component of training is  
pruning) a semi-dwarf tree to a low form and keep it 'happy' and  
productive - the down side is that it's more work to achieve this form -

give yourself plenty of room for each tree and life and training will  
be a lot easier -


On Aug 11, 2008, at 11:52 AM, Geoffrey Stone wrote:

> - given that we seem to be in a drought cycle it seems prudent to  
> use Full Size or Semi Dwarf root stock for their deep root system  
> which should have better drought tolerance. However, we would like  
> to have our trees maintained to a reasonable height. The question:  
> Can a tree on Full Size root stock be pruned in such a way so as to  
> keep it to a reasonable size while still taking advantage of a deep  
> root system? Is there a "down side" to this approach?
> Geoffrey Stone
> Earthaven Assn.
> Black Mountain, NC
> _______________________________________________

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