Apple tree advise needed

Hi all, 

I have bought a few Apple trees and wanted advise on pruning them, they are all 2 years old and the pruning guides I have seen all talk about 1 yr old trees. Can I cut 2 year olds down to the desired height or do I need to work with what I have ?

thanks for any and all replies

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,547

    1. WHAT VARIETIES HAVE YOU BOUGHT?

    2. WHAT ROOTSTOCKS ARE THEY ON?

    3. IN POTS OR IN THE GROUND?

    4. HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN PLANTED?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Elstar on m26 currently in a pot waiting to go in the ground. it has been planted yesterday.

    apple paradise tree, braeburn. All on m26 not planted yet. Came bare root.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,547

    OK. ELSTAR AND BRAEBURN ARE BOTH SPUR BEARING TREES. I DON'T KNOW A VARIETY CALLED PARADISE I'M AFRAID.

    M26 WILL PRODUCE A TREE WHICH IS ULTIMATELY ABOUT 3 METRES TALL AND WILL NEED A GAP OF 3 METRES BETWEEN IT AND THE NEXT TREE.

    ONCE THEY ARE PLANTED YOU CAN LEAVE THEM UNPRUNED THIS YEAR. GIVE THEM TIME TO GROW ROOTS AND SETTLE IN.

    NEXT SUMMER, I WOULD GIVE THEM A VERY LIGHT SUMMER PRUNE.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Thank you.

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