Plan your future garden overall look
Why Pruning young fruit trees ? No reason! well may be just one reason, and that's because that theoretically if your young avocado or any other young tree like that one in the picture wont be pruned he will grow straight up like a rocket! and at some point you must help him grow and develop new side branches so he will become a tree one day. if you wont "stop" the tree from growing up, that single stem will start to band over like a bow. there for pruning that single soon to be main trunk is crucial. that's the point where you actually start to build and design your fruit tree for years to come.
Why it has to do with my home garden? the lower the tree the higher amount of fruit and tree stability you'll get. best way helping your fruit tree develop the right way is creating a split buy pruning at some point. you'll be the one to choose where exactly.
See the young tree in the picture on the right? see the V hsape? that's the Split i made weeks ago. great, it means that from that point and from now on that would be the trunks maximum height! DON'T WORRY, more branches will grow but the split height will remain the same for ever. it has nothing to do with future fruit amount etc... just important to understand. it will allow you to plan the height according to your needs.
O.k then, after long exhausting thoughts you marked the height and now its pruning time.
How to prune a young fruit tree? look at the following picture. pruning middle height between the leaves will probably cause dryness and diseases which you want to avoid. all ways at all pruning act try to remain close to the bud as much as you can, leaving only small piece of stem above the bud. just plan your future garden overall look now. after all you want it to be easy to maintain and for fruit peeking.
When ? as for young fruit trees it will be better to prune when it gets worm, after winter ends, preffered after few leafs had grown. rules of thumb, pruning when its to worm or to hut in extreme conditions would never be a good idea.
like little kids. young fruit trees need your support and guidance. there is nothing much to prune though, but when you do, make sure you did it after take in consideration all aspects. future view and easy maintain. that's all.
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