When and how to prune young apple trees

Asked March 17, 2019, 8:01 PM EDT

We live at 8300’ in Arkansas Valley and have 2 young apple trees. This will be the 3rd year since planting. They both had lots of buds last spring but no fruit. When and how should we prune these young apple trees?

Chaffee County Colorado

2 Responses

Good morning,

This is a great time of year to do pruning of fruit trees. We have a detailed article available at http://cmg.colostate.edu/Gardennotes/771.pdf We also have a shorter overview of pruning fruit trees available at https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/training-and-pruning-fruit-trees-7-003/

Often when apple trees don't have fruit, they either did not get enough pollinator activity, or more likely they reached their critical temperature in the spring. Often we get light frosts in the spring which nips our developing fruit causing them to abort or fail. Poncha and Salida had good fruit set last year, BV had pockets of damage in 2018.

I hope this is helpful!

Thanks for the helpful info Kurt