How to Prune Fruit Trees
You're ready to plant a fruit tree -- but how do you decide on the best pruning and training system? We've got easy answers for you. The University of California says pruning and training your fruit tree will improve it five ways: * Keep it a manageable size * Grow larger fruit * Ensure a yearly crop * Let light and air into the lower branches * Renew the vigor of the tree The three most popular shapes for fruit trees are Central Leader, Vase (or Open Center), and Modified Central Leader. Certain kinds of fruit trees are most productive with certain shapes. Some kinds of fruit trees can be trained in almost any way. We'll show you the three shapes and list the trees that work best in that shape. In our video series, Tricia prunes in each of these shapes -- just follow the links below to watch the pertinent video. For complete information about fruit trees, please consult our research-based videos and articles that are collected for you in Fruit Tree Central.