29 thoughts on “Summer Pruning Fruit Trees 2013

    Larry Foster

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Excellent

    Pacific Garden Program

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    This is THE BEST pruning video for a beginner who feels trepidation about making the wrong cut. You've made me feel invincible and I cannot wait to get out in the orchard and start pruning!

    KungFuMaintenance

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Very informative!! Thank you for making this video!

    Just Me

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    I have several fruit trees that are between 8 feet and 15 feet tall. Would it be safe for the trees to all be pruned to just 6 feet tall from the ground so that I can reach all the fruit? Also, would it be safe to plant new trees of different types within 2 feet of already established trees without crowding the roots? Please keep making excellent videos.

    Jan Doolin

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Great videos!!!! Thanks so much!!

    Flu Pachi

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    I have Anjou, Bartlett, Zestar, and Golden Delicious all planted last summer 2014.  Can I prune them all now early August?  Thank you for your great help.

    franz limonta

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Thank you for the information.

    Sue Ann Emmons

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    We have what I believe is a plum tree in our back yard. We've lived here three years and the tree was already a few years old when we moved in. Its overgrown but it flowers and gets tiny fruit in early summer but since it's overgrown it does not mature correctly. How can I prune this tree at this time. WE are located in Indiana.

    Roger Keulen

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Thanx for sharing…

    hybrid green

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    great vid. some advice on my cherry trees? they are 4 years old, rainier and bing. have plenty of leaves and fairly thick wood. however won't give me any fruit. last year they blossomed beautifully, formed small fruit and then dropped them all off. this year i only had some blossom in the lower part of the tree and close to the trunk again formed some fruit, a lot less then last year..and already are dropping it. the trees look healthy, just won't fruit? what's wrong with them? thanx

    Grant Jones

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Just what I was looking for.  awesome video….

    Sandeep Pandir

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Hi tom
    Need some advise on my Unhealthy looking Plum tree.
    I Have a double graft Plum ( satsuma and santa Rosa) and i planted it last year ( sept 2013) and i am raising it as an Espalier.
    But things ( espalier) is not looking good due to one Graft is too strong ( 4 times Calliper than non strong graft) and other is Sick ( not sure what happened)  looks like leaf curl.
    What i am thinking, is instead of raising it as espalier, raise it as normal plum tree with 2 grafts just like you showed in Video.
    Currently Both Grafts are approx 6 feet Tall and have 3-4 side branches 4-5 foot long. Strong graft is 4 times ( approx) thicker than the non strong graft.
    Any idea which is more stronger Graft , Satsuma or santa rosa ?
    For that i am thinking of cutting off everything above knee height and restart again from the beginning and make my structure of open Vase shape.
    Will that be ok if i cut it at Knee height now ? I hope i will not kill the tree or reduce Fruit production in coming years?
    It mid winter here in Australia.

    Thanks for help and support
    sandy

    All Things Alicia

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Thanks!  I never knew you could prune in summer!

    Have_A _Nice_Day

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    I have a 12 year old lemon tree that I have never worked on…it's spindly, has a few main branches, is about 12-15 ft high in the middle…it produces fruit all year around so that's nice.  It's ugly but fun.  Can I cut it down to the main trunk again and will it grow new branches?

    AstroRef68

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    I sprayd my apple with oil and watter and i kiiled tham all mig mistake I think i over sprayd with vegetrerian oil. the oil got sucked in the center of the wood skin turned all brown terrible .

    pfirman

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Dang, like a big beaver chomping away.  Good though.

    roberteamoore

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Do you have a video on "understanding your basic structure", I ordered five Dave Wilson fruit trees from Armstrong, but after watching these videos I realize I'm way over my head with this "easy" approach to pruning tree structures, plant spacing and branch training. What might seem so obvious to you is not so easy to anyone who has never seen a fruit tree. Help.

    MOvegangal

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    I bought 13, 2 year fruit trees & had them planted in my small backyard in Missouri because of your amazing videos and am looking forward to the first pruning in January. I like your common sense practical approach to your teaching. Encouraging students to be bold and adventurous with the cuts, giving us confidence and taking the fear factor out of the task. What do you spray your trees with when they are dormant? And which pruning tools do you recommend & how do you make sure they are sharp?

    kahvac

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    WOW….. A Great Video !
    I really like your advice about not overthinking your pruning. I never used to prune my fruit trees and every year I got less and less fruit and some years didn't get any fruit. I always thought it was the weather ! Lousy New England weather…turns out it was just me. I finally got a bumper crop of Mac apples, I heavily pruned this non productive for 25 years tree into a real producer.. the tree can barely support the fruit in places. I've seen the light.. Thank You !

    Michael Steiner

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Mr. S:

    Am a long time fan. RE: Summer pruning. How do I adjust the timing information that you give to my orchard in New York zone 6? Thanx, Mike

    John Varish

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    When you prune the fruit tree can you root the cuttings and get fruit from the resulting tree once it matures??

    robert k

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Mr. Spellman : I really enjoy your video's . You show not only how to prune but why you do what you do. You are a true professional and a credit to your trade. Best Regards Robert K

    Phyllisbuck

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Thank you for keeping me pruning in the right direction! You have given me the nerve to start the trees out very short. Takes nerve to chop off a baby tree like that.

    Ryan Pharr

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Your Splash pluots are so much bigger than mine were this season. I got about 30 cot-n-candy apriums from a 2 year old tree. Best fruit I have ever eaten. Love the videos.

    CJ

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    If you have a nice low branch, twig or bud that can become the new leader, the best time to chop is during bud swell before leaf emergence aka early spring. I would cut back to 4-5' if you want the final height to be 8-10'. Some tree's regrow vary easily after a truck chop others may not fair as well. For example mulberry, apple, pear, cherry, and maple tree's "back bud" vary easily. This is mostly adapted from bonsai knowledge Dave Wilson Nursery may have slightly different advise.

    don alfano

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    This is very helpful and timely information. We are in Maine and have your peach, nectarine, plumb and pluots grown in groups of three. They have been in the ground for three seasons and look pretty good but nowhere near the size and vigor of yours. Is it just the climate or is there something else I should be doing. Am I pushing it in SW Maine?

    455supreme

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Thanks I have been waiting for the right time to do the summer pruning.

    socalcraigster

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    Tom, what kind of pruner do you recommend?

    chris devito

    (September 7, 2018 - 3:19 am)

    tom, have you heard of anyone successfully getting fruit from the low chill cherries or the spice zee pluots (or similar) in the houston area? i know they fit the chill hour requirements. but, so far, i have not heard of any success.. thanks, love the informative videos, just trying to gain some insight.

    chris devito

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