Pruning fruit trees in winter

By this time of the year we do not have harvest of fresh fruit in Europe but still the farmers have what to do to.

Now it is time for the winter pruning of the fruit trees like apples, pears, peaches or apricots. Winter pruning helps maintain the shape and balance trees on established frameworks. It removes weak, crowded and unhelpful growth and increases the vigour of the tree in the next growing season.

Without pruning, the trees can become straggly and less productive. Cutting back branches and shoots in the dormant season will concentrate sap flow in spring into fewer buds, resulting in strong growth.

Pruning also help the farmer to regulate and plan the number and the size of the fruit.