One of the more popular posts on this blog is the one dealing with fruit tree pruning. Nothing beats a handson training when learning the trade. To that point Dave Kessler, ag agent for Marion County, has organized a fruit tree pruning demonstration for March 22nd in Marion County. Call the Marion County Extension office at (270) 692-242 for times locations and details.
General rules when it comes to any pruning are as follows:
Start by removing any damaged branches
Next remove anything that crosses another branch
Young Apple After Pruning
Now remove all water sprouts (fast growing straight up branches) and the majority of the interior small branches
Finally you will make cuts that increase air flow, incrase spacing for future hanging fruit and sunlight penetration and overall form.
An apple, and pear will be pruned to a central leader, while a peach, plum, cherry, and others will be more open and vase shaped.