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Pruning upright water shoots on a mature Bradley apple tree

Hi I have a large bramley that was very productive last year but  has very little fruit this year. It is full of the upright water shoots that I was unable to deal with last year and so are now strong 2 year old branches. The tree is overcrowded with them and needs thinning. I didn't want to prune them out in winter to avoid stimulating the tree to send up more water shoots ..... so is it the right time to do it now? 

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,067

    Yes, start now and repeat as the season goes on if necessary.  Cut them off close to the branch and don't leave a stub.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Cedric14Cedric14 Posts: 8

    Many thanks

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