Lower Nitrogen for backyard fruit trees?

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So I watched from YouTube and people said for backyard fruit trees, they recommend high values of PK and lower value of N so trees don’t grow tall. They said for backyard fruit trees planting, we want to keep trees short so it’s easy to pick. What are your thoughts?
 
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I think you watch too much YouTube.. Inadequate or lower nitrogen leads to chlorosis. If you want a shorter tree get a dwarf variety. P and K are for flowering and fruiting. Haven't these people ever heard of a step ladder or a fruit grabber.
 
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Youtube is very much a roll of the dice. A lot of people trying random just to get views.
If you want your trees short go with the old true and tried, buy dwarf.
 

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That's crazy advice...starve your fruit tree so it is easy to pick the fruit? Unbelievable! If you really want it short, don't feed or water it at all and it will be really short, LOL.
 
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You are watching a wave of thought that is beginning to recognize that high N is imbalanced across the board. The problem is they are struggling for agreement on what the perfect low N situation might be. I would recommend some Epsoma fertilizer as homework.
 
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A fruit grabber was mentioned. What is that and is it readily available?
Just google fruit grabber images. There are all kinds of them and they are everywhere. I use a light bulb changing tool on my pear tree.
 
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