When and how do I prune my apricot tree?

Q.

When and how do I prune my miniature fruit trees, apricot is in a real mess. We have just bought the property and need to learn fast what to do.

Margaret Jenks

A.

Hi Margaret, we're not sure what your other fruit trees are, however your apricot tree is best pruned in early winter or early spring before it begins to produce new growth.

Remove any unhealthy branches and thin out any bushy areas in the leaves. For easier access to the fruit, apricots are usually grown as open centre vase style trees. Aim to develop a framework of well-spaced branches that are capable of bearing fruit without breaking. For your other fruit trees, check out our Fruit Tree Pruning Guide

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