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Pruning of fruit trees is generally carried out in winter.

The tree should be planted at an angle with its scion uppermost; the leader should be pruned by one third to a suitable bud and any side shoots greater than 15cm (6in) in length should be pruned to three or four buds beyond their basal cluster.

Formative pruning is largely the same as for Minarette apples and pears (Click here for further information).

MA 1840 trees, Lawrence apple pruning cordon

PRUNING & TRAINING OF CORDON STONE FRUITSFile Size: KB. Aug 08, Hi - my question is about cordon fruit trees. I purchased eight cordon apple trees, two cordon pear trees and a bush plum tree from Ashridge Trees a year ago and all are doing really well.

Prune back outer, tall-growing branches to a lower branch.

I read to prune cordons in July/August in first year and this I did. Several trees are now producing strong fresh growth from pruned shrubtrim.buzzg: Lawrence MA. Jun 07, As the tree gets older, thin overcrowded spurs while dormant during the winter. Pruning a neglected cordon. Start to improve the shape of the tree in winter, first sawing back some of the thicker vertical branches to within in ( mm) of the main stem.

Cut long spurs back according to their thickness - the heaviest ones the shrubtrim.buzzg: Lawrence MA. Cordon Apple trees require regular pruning - late summer is best. The regular pruning is to encourage the establishment of 'spurs' (fruiting growths) along the main trunk. Head all side shoots back to around 4in from the main trunk initially, and thereafter, all side shoots should be pruned Missing: Lawrence MA.