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I have a young tree (about 2 years old) which we bought last winter and planted in a large pot (advised that this was a mini orchard variety) I pruned it in June and the branches are still quite long, I do not know if we need to prune it again before next year of if there is another time when it should be pruned. Please can anyone help? The tree is open in the middle as it should be. Picture attached of apple tree as it is now

Blenheim orange apple tree (01/10/2012)

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  • Posted: Mon. 1st October 2012 15:46

Re: Blenheim orange apple tree

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Mrs. Dyer,
It is best to prune apple trees in winter when dormant. The only instance when they should be pruned in summer is if they are restricted forms like cordons, fans, espalier, and the like. 'Blenheim Orange' is a partial tip bearer so prune last year’s growth on the main branches and the strongest sideshoots to the first strong bud. Leave remaining sideshoots under 30cm. Cut fruited wood to a young shoot or leaf bud to reduce congestion.
All the best,
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 1st October 2012 21:41