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How to Prune Apple Trees - Removing Suckers and Water Sprouts

How to Prune Apple Trees - Removing Suckers and Water Sprouts

Marie Iannotti

We prune plants to encourage more growth, but not all growth is welcome. Suckers (branches growing from the base of the tree), whorls (branches that grow from and encircle another branch) and water sprouts (thin branches that usually grow straight upright) are never going to bear fruit. They just sap energy from the plant. Removing them early in pruning will also help you see the structure of your tree and make it easier to see where further cuts are necessary.

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