Pruning Almonds

Should the main branches be shortened in a three-year-old almond tree?

Of course, I intend to thin out the branches. Some growers here advise

me to shorten the main branches; others say do not shorten them, as it

tends to give the trees a brushy top.

Although some growers are contending for regular shortening - in of the

almond as is practiced on the peach, it is not usual to cut back almond

trees after they have reached three years of age and have assumed good

form. Of course, if cutting back is done, the shoots coming from near

the amputation must be thinned out to prevent the brushiness your

adviser properly objected to.

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