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When shall I prune my fruit trees?

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A mature fruit tree should be pruned when the last winter freeze has passed, but before full bloom in spring.  Prune the top portion of the tree more heavily than the lower section to keep the tree shorter and more easily managed.  Thinning cuts, made at the junction of two branches, allow light and air to penetrate the tree interior for better quality fruit.  Train new growth by heading back branches just above a bud or branch that will grow towards the desired direction.  Prune young trees lightly and mature trees more heavily, especially if they have shown little new growth or fruit production.

Posted on 13 Jun 2006

Karl Hauptfleisch
Salt Lake Master Gardener

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