Espalier Training Techniques

Details of the training of all types of espalier fruit trees.

Tree Growth – Tipping Apically Dominant Shoots

When you prune an apple shoot by cutting into last years growth, you remove the apical bud and eliminate the apical dominance that it had over the lateral buds just below it on the shoot. This type of cut is also called tipping. Removing the apical bud in the dormant season (November through March) usually results in the upper most buds …

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