How to Prune Apple Trees and Pear Trees

By on December 21, 2012

In this video, Tricia will teach you how to prune apple and pear trees using the central leader training system.

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Hi Patricia, thanks for the extremely helpful videos.
I have two questions:
1) I recently planted some nectarine trees.  I’m deciding between Vase shape or Modified Central Leader -I’m in Santa Barbara (Central California) which isn’t terribly far away from the Southwest but not technically there.  Would you lump that in with the Central Modified Leader suggested area or go with Vase shaped?

2) I recently planted some apple trees.  I plan on doing Central Modified Leader.  I think I’m supposed to head the newly planted apple trees to 32-36” at planting which obviously rules out finding 4 scaffolding branches starting at 18-24” separated by 8-10”...
Does that imply that for the trees I just planted, I would head them, and then need to wait a year before beginning scaffold selection? To what height should I head them at planting in your opinion?
Thanks so much.

Posted by Michael on Dec. 28, 2014 at 10:49:09 AM

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