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Patrick Timmons asked 13 years ago

My Bramley tree has grown very “leggy”with long thin branches that bend excessively with fruit. Can I shorten these branches and if so when?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
The long shoots can be trimmed in summer when they are new or in winter when they are a year or more old. Prune back to a live bud … do not simply cut across the bare stems. If there are not suitable live buds, take out the branch altogether.