How to prune apple trees in winter

Winter prune an apple tree

Find out how to prune your apple tree in winter to keep its shape, control its size and promote fruiting.

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Pruning an apple tree in winter will help to improve its shape, reduce its size and promote better quality fruit.

Thinning out some of the branches will channel the plant’s energy into fewer, but better, apples and improve air circulation through the centre of the tree to limit pest and disease problems.

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