I am not an experienced orchardiest. I purchased 2 trees online 2 years ago. They were quite expensive. Both died before their second season. This year, I went to Walmart and bought 2 honey crisp trees that were already in bloom. I didn’t expect to get apples but they actually set fruit that I harvested about a month ago. About a dozen good apples.I'll probably need to prune this fall. Does anyone have any good resources for pruning apple trees?
ank for this! I’m getting the book!I learned a good lesson recently, before pruning, it will be helpful when you have an overall concept of the parts of the tree you will be working with.
I didn't realize this until last week, and I removed many laterals simply because I didn't know those were high-value laterals with flower buds. Of course, I didn't realize how flower buds are formed, how to encourage more flower buds, etc. Many YouTubers would demonstrate how simple, quick, and effective to finish the pruning work without explaining the why and how.
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Pruning without these basic understandings will cause as many troubles as we don't prune. I bought this book recently and liked it very much. The author offered both know-how and know-why.
I didn't know Orin Martin before, but I was surprised that Alice Waters did the Foreword. Orin Martin has some demonstrative videos, which are pretty helpful, too.
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For example, finally, I know why and how I should do the summer and winter pruning for my young apple trees.