Pruning Apricots, Almonds, Quinces, Pears

Pruning Apricots


Se1ect old wood and prune and space branches to allow an even penetration of sunlight to all parts of the fruiting crop. 

The long ‘whip' branches that grow during the summer are the fruit-producing wood for the coming year

The fruiting spurs are borne on one year old branches. They appear towards the end or in the middle of the one year and older branches and they are the fattest and the fullest buds in the bud cluster. All the long, narrow buds are leaf buds. They have a tendency to gradually lower each year from the weight of the fruit and the foliage. These branches will be replaced with growth from the inside of the tree. 

Because apricot wood is brittle it is wise not to let any one branch grow too long. Erect growth is best, even if this means sacrificing some early fruit production. Encourage fruiting spurs by removing the tips of the new side shoots when they are about 7cm long. Usually in late spring. This will cause more shoots to grow and these can be shortened back to one leaf. 

Paint all cuts with pruning paste.

Translation of Terminology

Bud: - A swollen bump on a branch or stem from which leaves and flowers will develop. It will often show a hint of green when examined closely. Flower buds are usually more rounded than leaf buds. Leaf buds are usually more pointed and flattened than a flower bud.

Spur: - AKA ‘Fruiting Spur’. A stubby, compact growth on a branch or stem that holds a cluster of flower buds that will turn into fruit. It will look more rounded and fatter than a growth bud. Spurs usually appear once a tree is 2 years old or more.

Old Wood: - Branches or stems that have been part of the plant prior to the current season’s growth.

New Wood: - Stems that have developed during the current season’s growth period.

Leader: - The central upright branch that forms the main part of the framework of a tree. 


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