Boise Fruit Tree Pruning
Fruit trees require pruning, which is the cutting and removing of selected parts. There are several
horticultural pruning techniques that can be practiced. Pruning often includes cutting branches back
and sometimes removing smaller limbs, young shoots, buds, and leaves entirely.
Established orchard practice of both organic and non-organic types typically includes pruning.
Pruning can control growth, remove dead or diseased wood, and stimulate the formation of flowers and
fruit buds. It is widely stated that careful attention to pruning and training young trees improve
their later productivity and longevity, and that good pruning and training can also prevent later
injury from weak crotches or forks (where a tree trunk splits into two or more branches) that break
from the weight of fruit, snow, or ice on the branches.