Apple Tree pruning

Asked January 31, 2016, 3:59 PM EST

I know I need to open up this MacIntosh tree, but I don't know how much. I was thinking about removing # 1 & 2, plus some upper branches of #4. Also I thought of leaving #1 and just remove #3. What suggestions do you have?

Ramsey County Minnesota

6 Responses

If you are numbering from bottom to top, I would #3&4 and clean up some smaller branches as well. For more information go to http://thefoodgroupmn.org/content/uploads/2015/12/TreeMaintenanceGuide-1-2-14.pdf

Thank You for your reply. Please enlarge the photo and look for RED numbers that I embedded into the photo. These are the numbers that I referred to. Thank You

There they are. I would remove 2&3 plus clean up some of the smaller branches.

here are before and after pruning. I think I should remove more near #1, what about #'s 2 and 3 on the lower left? Those are the only branched that had apples last year. It was the first time I had blossoms on this tree. I read someplace that excess pruning is bad. The trees in the background make it hard to see. thanks

I am sorry for the delay, I can place notations on your photo but then cannot export the photo to you. I will continue to attempt this and if I am able I will send it.

Normally we recommend removing no more than 1/3 of a tree otherwise they produce extra water sprouts. It is difficult to point out the branches to cut since I would normally walk around the tree to gauge them. Limbs growing at a 45 degree angle produce more fruit and limbs growing into the tree need to be removed along with any rubbing on other limbs. For more information see http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/pruning-trees-shrubs/#large-established...


2nd Attempt at loading the annotated picture of where to prune.