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Pruning newly planted apple

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Linda starts with ...
Hi,
I recently bought a Dwarf Tropic Sweet apple.
In the past when Ive bought bare root deciduous fruit trees, it has been recommended to shorten the central leader by 2/3 - I presume to encourage branching out and eventually a vase shape (?) .
Should I do this withe the apple I recently bought. I can see the graft and this was trimmed off and this resulted in 1 new shoot - now just the single central leader - no branches, just leaves.
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Linda
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17th December 2017 10:16pm
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Manfred says...
You probably shouldn't be putting in bare-rooted plants in December but if you now have new growth it might be OK. Otherwise, treat it as you would a cutting - reduce the evapotranspiration surfaces and give it a year to stabilise.
There is a bud (called an axillary bud) in the crook (the axil) of each of those leaves, so it can branch wherever it leafs, if you force it to. But continue to keep an eye on the rootstock because it is likely to be the healthiest and most active part of the plant for a year or two.
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18th December 2017 8:05pm
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Linda says...
Hi Manfred ,
I wasn't specific enough... the plant was in a pot as normal... but other deciduous fruit trees I have bought in the past.....
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19th December 2017 2:43pm
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Manfred says...
Sorry about the misunderstanding. When you want to plant it out, consider how much trunk you want to have before it branches and cut above that level to establish the desirable vase-shape.
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