Help Pruning My Apple Tree

LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 851

I think I need to give my Bramley apple tree its first prune.

I bought it as a small whip of a tree about 4 yrs ago and its now about 9ft tall at its highest point. Its main trunk is about 4 ft tall before it splits. It has developed two lead branches that are looking a little too long.

Should I just cut these two back, and by how much? I know ideally the tree should grow more as a cup shape that is open in the centre, rather than an upright slender tree. Heres a photo..



 Many thanks image



  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Follow this thread, you should find it useful.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,226

    Don't know about apples but if it was any other tree I'd have one of those twin leaders out and train the other one upright.

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 851


    Looks like your right Verdun, Ive just watched a very good youtube video and the Bramley is indeed a tip bearer.

    My understanding of the video is that I should leave those long leading branches alone.

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 851

    Perhaps I'll start by pruning where Ive marked this photo..


  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 851

    Im always hesitant when pruning, but then once Ive started I cant stop!

    The only problem I can see with pruning this way is that I will always only have the three brances. I really would like some more side branches so Im now wondering if I ought to cut these back to encourage more branches? Even if that means going without fruit this year?

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 851

    I think thats good advice, and I will do just that. Your right, I should have pruned it sooner and I shall now have to forego some fruit in order to get the shape right.


    Thanks very muchimage


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