How do I stop my apple tree from doing this?

Pruned it in March, cut it right back and its grown 1000's of small branches. Does it every time I trim it. How do I stop it happening please?


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 13,570
    Stop doing it, is the simple answer.

    Every time you hack back a branch, the tree tries to compensate for the loss by regrowing the branch.

    Take a look at this page of Harry Baker’s book, “Growing Fruit”. Ignore the box that talks about plums.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Todmorden, West YorksPosts: 4,947
    The sentence above which says "winter pruning stimulates growth but summer pruning checks it" is so important.  If you hard prune in winter/early spring, you will indeed get loads of shoots produced as a result.
    When I was learning how to prune fruit trees I'd go around with secateurs in one hand and Harry Baker's book in the other...   ;)
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Thanks. I might just have to chop the thing down then, it cuts out all the evening sun from our west facing garden  :(
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 13,570
    Well, that would be one way to prune it....
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,915
    When is the latest you can summer prune an apple tree please?
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 13,570
    While it’s still growing. This is about the end of the summer growing season so you could squeeze it in, I suppose.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • So I take it I should chop the offshoots off now then? It's a mess, and there's only 3 apples on it anyway. :(  
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