University of Illinois Extension
February 21, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel talks about annual pruning needs, creating strong scaffold branches that will hold the fruit load without additional support or having the branches break. Training begins the first year and will continue throughout the life of the tree. Water sprouts and suckers will occur annually and will need to be addressed. Richard also discussed the need for a dormant oil spray to control overwintering insect eggs and adult insects hiding in the bark crevices.

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