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Apricot Tree

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Greg Rouse starts with ...
My apricot tree is grown from seed and had no fruit until last season when it had a huge crop. But my question is the tree has grown to about 7-8 metres and needs to be reduced to a manageable size, when is the best time to prune and will pruning stop it from going crazy with new growth in spring.
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Greg
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aNON says...
The rule with apricots is to never cut into last years wood for fear of fungal disease attack.

So take you life into your hands and cut it back to fresh growth as low as you can go and spray with Kocide afterwards.

PS Prune when leaves are yellow in autumn to promote healing prior to winter.
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peter says...
aNON,
do you have any advice about pruning
a nectrine tree.

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D says...
April is a pretty good time to prune apricots as they are lilkely to get diseases if they are dormant, so do it whilst there is still growth and the wounds can heal. (Summer & Autumn).

Nectarines need to be pruned regularly to stimulate new growth as they bear fruit on last season's growth. Prune about half of the previous years growth and remove internal branches for airflow etc and also remove any weak shoots.
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aNON says...
Yeah, thats about right. Don't forget thecopper spray for leaf curl.
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peter says...
can nectrines be pruned anytime.
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sull says...
I have had a dwarf nectarine tree for a few years now and they are great. only grow to about a metre and can be grown in a pot. The fruit is full size. I prune as D says above
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peter says...
should nectarines only be pruned
while they are not dormant as
with apricots.
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Kath says...
Peter if you nectarine is a low chill nectarine prune it back by about 1/3 when it finishes fruiting, it will then push new growth. If you do not prune it then it can flower in the autumn.
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peter says...
hi kath,
i dont know if it is low chill
but it has had its first crop
this season with about a dozen
white fleshed fruit which finished
about a month ago.
i asume we dont want it to flower
in autumn.

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Kath says...
The low chill varieties fruit very early in the seasoon coming of in October/November, I guess it is because they fruit so early that if they are not pruned after fruiting they flower in the Autumn. If yours has not long finished fruit I don't think you will have the same problem.
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Anonymous says...
Hay peter and kath, the trees will never flower here in autumn, and if they did the bees dont work in the temperature in adelaide at that time. Only prune the trees that have stopped groing unless u dont want them getting larger. If like my apricots there still growing, but not the othe stone fruits. Peter dont forget dont prune if the cut peices will get wet. You will bring virueses in.
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Audrey says...
Greg, about your apricot that grew from seed, how long and how tall was it when it had its first fruits? Your apricot tree seems very very tall to me. I thought they dont grow too tall?
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RolFlor a says...
Mmmm ,I have picked apricots from 4 different trees which I found while travelling in NZ.
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jim says...
help i have a young apricot tree that has been doing wonderful i planted it about 4 months ago it is now about 8 feet the trunk about 1 1/2 inches i woke up this morning heart broken to see that one of my st bernards had jumpt up and broke a branch not completly of what should i do i lifted the branch into place and straped it up help
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John I. says...
Hi Jim,
I can't speak with any authority on the subject but I had a similar problem with a lemon tree recently, and I tied he branch back in place with grafting tape. The branch is still in good health so I think it will be fine.
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jim says...
thank you john
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