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15/10/2012 at 17:56

We have several quite old fruit trees in the garden we have just moved to.

When we moved in it was July , but there wasn't too much fruit on them and we were wondering about pruning?

Can anyone suggest just how much to prune, (considering they are so old)

and when to prune?

many thanks

15/10/2012 at 18:08

What sort of fruit trees?

15/10/2012 at 18:34

Apple's, three,  one Baker, and one Pear.

15/10/2012 at 21:17

If old, then do not prune too much.

If you want new growth then prune any time when the trees are dormant. If you want fruiting spures then prune now, though it is getting a bit late, bettter done in September really.

Shorten all new growth back to 3 buds from the point of origin.

Best of all buy a book on pruning Fruit trees, with pictures, much easier to follow than written info.





16/10/2012 at 06:58

There's a series of very informative videos here on restoring old fruit trees

16/10/2012 at 11:52

Thanks Dovefromabove and Berghill.

Will try both!

18/10/2012 at 15:15

Also look at RHS publications.  Older ones used to have a section on neglected fruit trees and how to 'renovate' them.

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