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Gardening suggestions for pruning apple trees

Author: Cathy Cromell
Issue: January, 2014, Page 127



Q - When should I prune and feed my ‘Anna’ and ‘Golden Dorsett’ apple trees?

A - In the low desert, prune deciduous fruit trees—such as apples, apricots and peaches—from January through mid-February, advises Master Gardener Emeritus Olin Miller. Fertilize just as trees begin to leaf out, when temperatures warm and danger of frost is over in your area. Fruit trees need nitrogen, but it is easiest to use a fertilizer formulated for fruit trees and follow package instructions. Apply fertilizer at the outer edges of the canopy, where feeder roots can absorb it. Water deeply after each application.
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