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mariongloria



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 11 5:08 pm    Post subject: Cutting back apple tree  Reply with quote    

Hi, Is it possible to cut an apple tree down to the top of the trunk and it recover? Cheers. Marion

yummersetter



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 11 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes but why? How old's the tree?

Has it just happened?

It'll probably not die but if it survives, may need the mass of shoots that will spring up sorting out. Not the best way to prune a tree

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 11 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I assume you'd do the pollarding in winter? Is the tree valuable?

yummersetter



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 11 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sometimes things like cutting all the branches off a tree back to the trunk kind of . . um . . just happen when your back is turned

Then the cutter has some reassuring to do . . .

Not saying this is relevant, of course.

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 11 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gosh - we have lived in our current home for 20 years - never touched the apple trees which were well established when we arrived! What do we do?

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