Kelly Mitchell wrote:Cider apples? How would I know?
Scot Schmidt wrote:Kelly we are in the same boat as you. I put these trees on a three year megaprune, so to speak. We are in our second year of pruning and currently topping a third of the tree if needed (if one out of three leaders are longer than the apple picker, they get hacked) then the next leaders will get cut in years to come. Last winter I just cut the dead and some of the big canopy branches that covered up the lower branches I could pick and also got some crossing and or touching branches out of there. Next winter will be more of the same as this winter. If you just top a tree your will get to many watersprouts (suckers) and have more pruning to do. By the way last summer we had a megacrop of apples, some of the really overgrown trees were kinda like eating a mashed potato, still tasted good.