We just moved to a new(to us) house. There is an apple tree I'd guess 15 - 30 years old. I don't think it has ever been pruned... The branches arch over almost to the ground. I am trying to figure out the best way to prune this tree. When? How much of tree to cut off? etc...
Also, I would like to take some cuttings from it to start a few more trees. When would be the best time to get the cuttings?
Thanks for any help!
Best time for collecting scion wood is during the dormant season - January/February in the northern hemisphere.
S Bengi wrote:Are you pruning it because you want somewhere to play/hang out without things poking you in the EYE. Or do you want to make the now 35ft tall apple tree a 'regular' 15ft apple tree. Is it not fruiting enough and you want it to fruit?
It is fruiting fine. I want to prune it because I think it is going to break in half, or worse. I tied it up this year so that wouldn't happen. I will try to get a picture this evening.
So I think you want to head back the worst branches. Find a point where you have a nice side branch heading upwards and prune back to that. Repeat periodically, as the branch grows and droops again.