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fruit tree training - when a new leader doesn't emerge

 
Jp Learn
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Howdy,
I planted two grafted cherry trees in the spring of this year. A Black Gold and a Vandalay, both on Gisela5 rootstock.

In May, I received them bareroot and dug and planted. when planting them I made heading cuts to encourage low scaffolding limb's growth. I see that the trees are not seeming to be establishing themselves with a new central leader.

I am wondering if I made the cut at the wrong time and this could have caused this growth habitat for the trees or what else might be within my range of options if I intend to try to grow both of these as a modified central leader, under 7' tall.

Pictures of black gold here...



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...and heres the Vandalay
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S Bengi
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The traditional shape for cherry is a open vase, so you are going to have to actively force it into a modified central leader by removing one of the two branches next year. You are going to have to tie the two branches together to force it grow parallel to the old trunk.
 
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I think you might still see shoots from the cut next spring. But judging by my cherry tree, they'll be outwards, not upwards.
 
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S Bengi,
If I train it via open vase, where I made my cuts this year will be the new leaaders then, I suppose.

I wonder if I will get any new upright growth off of these leaders to have a chance to establish the tree with a bit more height.

Was planning on cutting back some of the new growth off of these leaders in summer again.
 
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