When should you not prune fruit trees? Just don’t prune your trees when the temperature falls below 20° F – the extreme cold can cause dieback in pruned branches.
What is the proper way to prune a fruit tree?
How do you prune a fruit tree that is too tall? Remove any branches growing beyond the height that you can reach to pick fruit. The tree will produce new vigorous shoots, especially near the top of the tree. The best time to remove these shoots is during summer pruning. Prune the tree to the same height annually.
How do you prune fruit trees to keep them small? Prune to open up the center of the tree and remove crossing or crowded limbs. These cuts encourage a vase-like shape. To spur growth of thinner limbs, head back by two-thirds; to slow growth of thicker limbs, head back by one-half.