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I bought a crab apple tree 2 years ago, and it is in a large pot. Last year it had lots of leaves but no flowers. This year it started to blossom in March, but was then hit with cold and wet in April. All the blossom and leaves have fallen off, and I think it might be dead. is there any hope for it?
I have a young crab apple. It flowered and fruited well last autumn so much so that it pulled the 3 young leader branches downwards. We staked it, harvested the apples and waited for pruning time. Do I just cut the top 3 branches back by 6 inches or so, to make sure that the tree does not develop a list to one side. I thought I had seen somewhere that you were not supposed to cut branches back, just prune unwanted branches off at the trunk. Can anyone help me with some advice?
I wouldn't normally bother to prune a crab apple but if you think it is going wobbly then by all means do so. The more you prune a branch the faster and harder it will work to recover its original size. So cut by the least amount the side you least want to grow. The one you want to encourage to grow should be pruned harder.
Usually pruning in the manner suggested, will just make those branches grow more, as pansy has said. I am not sure how best to get the desired effect.