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Hi all, I have an apricot tree which i have neglected abit (alot!), i understand pruning for fruit produced on spurs, but cant figure out where this will fruit from. Its got a bit unruly. Help please ! image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 81,359

    John Cushnie's How to Prune, says: 

    "... Apricots fruit on 2 year old wood and older.  Some fruit may form at the base of 1 year old shoots.  Thin the shoots to leave them 15-20cm apart.  Shorten side shoots back to 5 or  leaves.  After fruiting is finished shorten these shoots to 3 leaves.  Where they have formed side shoots these are reduced to a single leaf.  The unwanted shoots are pruned back to 5 or 6 leaves to carry fruit the following year.  Prune out old unproductive branches without leaving a stump and train a young shoot into the space to replace it."

    Hope that's helpful image

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  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Thanks Dove, thats fab, do you know if i can do it now? image
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  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Fantastic, thanks guys, thats the job for today then, that and beheading the grape vines as per beechgrove gardens last friday!

    Does this method transfer to plums too? image
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