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PRUNING AN OLD APPLE TREE

Restoring an old tree to production takes time.  It's not something which can be done as a one-shot deal," says Maine orchardist Steve Page. "Instead of looking at it as a long-term project. a lot of people go into old trees and prune them way back.  The tree becomes nothing but suckers and water sprouts. I try to convience people to go into it slowly but constantly." Plan on three years of work to get the tree back into shape.  After that, basic care and annual pruning will keep your tree producing fruit.