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Just wanted to post some pictures of my brand new fruit trees. This is a new endevour for me and I'm learning it is a lot of work, but hopefully with some good rewards.
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1. First 3 are thornless blackbury bushes, can't believe they have already for leaves in them
2. Next 2 are blueberry bushes
3. Next is Golden delicious apple tree with a bloom in it
4. Next is a Georgia Belle Peach tree, it just started having tiny little buds
5. Next is a Hale Haven Peach, really happy with its progress
6. Next is a Elberta, it's doing best of all, had no blooms or leaves when I planted it.
7. The last one is a jubilee Peach, it's brand new just planted it today.
 

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Hey guys
Just a quick question, the 6th picture is a apple tree and I have been wondering if I need to top that tree a little. It is very tall and only has blooms on the 3 lowes branches. Do you guys think it would be beneficial to trim the tips a little or is this tree to young right now to even consider that
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I would cut off. Above the external (not internal) bud on the plant in this case.

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You can see later if the leaves grow on these shoots. This will give a new benchmark for pruning.
 

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Hey Larisa
So do you mean cut off everything above the blooms? About where the second piece of red tape is from the bottom?
 
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Hey Larisa
So do you mean cut off everything above the blooms? About where the second piece of red tape is from the bottom?
Yes, cut the top branches as I noted. The lowest branch should be removed altogether.
Ideally, when my apple trees grow, I leave the lower branches on the trunk at a distance of 70 cm (about 30 inches) from the ground.

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Ok so I wanted y'all to take a quick look at this and tell me what you think. The picture bellow is of my blueberry bush, it looks to me like it's drying out but my wife thinks it is just about to produce little baby blueberries. Some of the bush has little white flowers and some of them are a blue purple color. I am hoping I am wrong and it's not drying out. I am religious about watering them every other day.

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I would cut off. Above the external (not internal) bud on the plant in this case.

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You can see later if the leaves grow on these shoots. This will give a new benchmark for pruning.
Hey Larisa
Well I just noticed that I didn't cut the top shoots off exactly how you had said. I didn't stagger the cuts, I just noticed that, but I wanted to send you new updates picture of the tree. As you can see there are a ton of new buds coming off the shoots, I am so excited. Thank you for the help.
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It looks to me that the fruit trees are really going to town and seem to be enthusiastic growers:)
 
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@Jamie Calloway
Excellent! :) Now you can see that after trimming the most active ones are the upper buds. They will now form the crown.

Formation of the apple tree crown:

Regulates growth and fruiting;
Controls the quantity and quality of the fruit;
Provides the convenience of collecting apples.

. Typically, gardeners try to trim the branches of the tree at different levels so that the crown of the tree does not form too thick.

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I'm sure you will be able to harvest a good harvest in the future! :)
 

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Should I be worried about these branches that are growing closer to the bottom? They seem to be very heavy, I'm afraid the branches are going to start slouching. I looked at the great diagram above. Should I trim them back a little now or wait? Here is a picture of two Apple trees with the same issues. Thank you so much for the great article I snap shot it to save it to my phone.
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@Jamie Calloway
Of course, pruning young apple trees is better to start early in the spring before the beginning of the growing season.
But still…
The lateral branches of the young apple tree are still left, even if in the future they are to be removed. This approach contributes to the formation of an expanding downward and, as a consequence, a stable tree trunk.
Excess branches when pruning a two-year-old apple tree are removed gradually. At first they are shortened, and in a year or two, when the tree has enough other branches and leaves, cut out completely. :)

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I am absolutely ignorant when it comes to this, I should have thought of this before I went and planted a dozen fruit trees lol. I am going to do some more triming but a little at a time, and I will stick to the pictures you sent me. You have been such a huge help Larisa and I really appreciate you.
Thank you, more pictures coming later
 

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So proud of my orchard it's really doing well, I have noticed that proper pruning has made a world of a difference here a few updated picture's. Blueberries about to bust, and a picture of a peach tree that I thought might be dead finally shows some life
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My first peach has arrived, this is the first peach of the year and even though it's only the size of a georgia pecan i am ecstatic. It is a Elberta Peach and it's GLORIOUS!!!! Lol
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Ok, so I have officially lost my only little peach I was so excited for (see above post). The rest of the trees look pretty good, although I am,not getting these little tiny black bugs in the under side of the leaves and almost all of my trees. Occasionally I am getting some black whilted leaves but I have just been removing them assuming it's just fireblight. I don't know what happened to my little peach, I guess either a bird got it or it just fell off. I recently posted the question, if I should be putting 7 dust in my veggie garden and I am,not wondering if I should also puff my fruit trees?
Although my trees are looking good overall I just have to come to the conclusion that it might be a couple of years before they produce any fruit (if they do at all) but selfishly I wish they had fruit on them NOW!!! Other than that my blueberries and blackberries look amazing, can't wait until they are ready to eat. Speaking of that, should I get some kind of cage to go over the blueberry and blackberry bushes to keep the birds off them? Certainly they will get first crack at them before I can get to them.
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