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Planting soon

Posted by Paul Weideman 
Planting soon
May 05, 2016 10:01AM

My nursery whips are around 3' now and I will be planting soon. Is it ok to strip the side shoots while they are small before or during planting to give more energy to the leader? I want my first row of branches to be around 4' from the ground.


Paul Weideman
Fencerow Cider
Imlay City, MI
Re: Planting soon
May 05, 2016 10:06PM
That's what I did, I also want my first row of scaffold branches at about 4' of the ground. I just finished planting out about 500 trees in my orchard, what a job !
Re: Planting soon
May 09, 2016 10:21PM
Hi Pat,

Strip away, or let the side shoots grow this year and cut them next winter too. Keep in mind that it is all about photosynthesis. No leaves means no energy being created for overall growth.

4ft off the ground is fine.

Post up a few pics

Continued success!

Gopher Hill Apples
Zone 8 in California
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