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 Post subject: Old orchard needs help
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:22 pm 
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We have an old orchard of unknown as of yet apples. I am thinking most trees are 30 to 50 years old. They do seem to be producing here in southern New Hampsire in that the fruit is now the size of a apricot or so. I would think the 100 plus trees need trimming. The folks that lived here seem to have done little in the way of upkeep. I/we are very very new to having trees bearing apples of any kind. I guess I am asking for any insight into the care and up keep of the trees.
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DT


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 Post subject: Re: Old orchard needs help
PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:05 am 
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First thing I would do is cut out the suckers. Then take a look at how far the branches are spaced on the main trunk. I try to space mine out about 12-18 inches apart on the main trunk. At each node I have two or three branches. This allows air and sunlight into the canopy. There is plenty of information on the internet on how to trim apple trees. I don't envy your task. I have 24 trees and they keep me busy.

Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Old orchard needs help
PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:48 am 
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Thanks very much Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Old orchard needs help
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:24 am 
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Hope this link helps. I only read a bit of the beginning, but it might give you some direction.

http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/fphg/pome/pruning/pruning-a-special-case-renovating-old-fruit-trees


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