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Fruit Growing

18 To 20 Inches Above The Ground
A Wrong Idea Of Inter-planting
Acres Of Oranges To A Man
Aged Peach Trees
Almond And Peach
Almond Planting
Almond Pollination
Almond Seedlings
Apple Budding
Apple Root-grafts
Apples And Alfalfa
Apples And Cherries For A Hot Place
Apricot Propagation
As To Use Of The Land You Lose Time By Growing The Seedlings In Place

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Pruning Apple Trees

There is a great difference of opinion here regarding the pruning of
three-year or older apple trees. Many people cut back three, four and
five-year-old trees half the season's growth; others only cut back six

Apple trees are cut back during their early life to cause branching and
to secure short distances between the larger laterals on the main
branches. This secures a lower, stronger tree. Cutting back twice or
three times should secure a good framework of this kind, and then the
apple should not be regularly and systematically cut back as the peach
and apricot are. It is not possible to prescribe definite inches,
because cutting back is a matter of judgment and depends upon how thick
the growth is, what its position and relation to other shoots, etc. The
chief point in cutting back is to know where you wish the next laterals
to come on the shortened shoot, and if you do not wish more laterals at
once; do not cut back at all. Treatment, of laterals which come of
themselves is another matter. Do not clip the ends of shoots unless
laterals are desired. If you keep clipping the ends of apple twigs, you
will get no fruit from some varieties.

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