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    I am a Newbie Hello Everyone ( Pruning Crab Apple Trees)

    I have some crabapple trees I would like to prune. Can anyone tell me when is the best time to prune these apple trees?? Or maybe a link to a site that would tell me.

    Thanks,
    Grampa

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    RE: I am a Newbie Hello Everyone ( Pruning Crab Apple Trees)

    Hello Grampa

    Normally, the only pruning needed on a crabapple is to remove water sprouts at the trunk's base and shoots growing straight up from lateral branches. Anytime you find broken or rubbing limbs you can prune them out of your tree. Likewise any dead or diseased limbs should be removed too.

    The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring. Be careful. Excessive pruning will actually encourage the growth of unwanted waterspouts.

    For more information about these beautiful trees, contact:

    The International Ornamental Crabapple Society

    http://www.malus.net/
    Sincerely, Robert
    Lincoln, NE (Zone 5)

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
    - Martin Luther (1483-1546)

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