Apples and pears: winter pruning

Apple and pear trees trained as free-standing bushes are best pruned every winter to ensure a good cycle of fruiting wood. Trees that are not pruned become less productive and congested with old branches. The aim is to create an open goblet shape with a framework of four to five main branches.

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Young tree in early autumn before winter pruning

Quick facts

Suitable for Apples and pears grown as bush or standard trees
Timing November to early March
Difficulty Moderate

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