Host Richard Hentschel concludes his 5 part series on home orchards. Annual pruning to balance vegetative growth with reproductive growth along with fruit thinning is the best way to ensure a good yield every year. Foliage pruning keeps the canopy open allowing light into the interior and that allows fruit spurs to form throughout the canopy. Thinning fruits will improve the quality of the fruits left to mature.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.