How to Prune Fruit Trees

By on February 11, 2011

Tricia shows you how to winter prune your fruit trees, show you about pruning structures and more.

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I watched your incredibly helpful video on pruning fruit trees.  Can you tell me if it was a dwarf or standard size tree.

thanks, pat volk

Posted by pat volk on Jan. 28, 2012 at 5:48:56 AM


I have two persimon trees, two pear trees, two fig trees, an apple tree and one plum tree. Can you tell me what is the best fertilizer for these fruit trees and when is the best time to apply, please?

Posted by Dong Yang on Jan. 28, 2012 at 6:39:39 AM


Your video on pruning fruit trees was *very* helpful, but this was done on a young tree.  My peach is 8-10 years old.  It has leaf curl I’m trying to control with copper fungicide, but it’s getting more difficult to deal with every year.  Learning we can cut the trunk while the tree is dormant gave me the idea that this might help get rid of some of the disease on my tree.  Can I cut the trunk down on an older tree or would that harm it too much to recover?

I love your videos!  They’re the most helpful I’ve been able to find on the net.  Thanks so much for publishing these!

Posted by Gina Woodyatt on Jan. 28, 2012 at 8:15:59 AM


Cutting my apricot tree as shown in thie video (Feb 11, 2011) killed my tree.  Not a good ideal to cut the trunk to waist level.

Posted by Carl Paquin on Feb. 04, 2014 at 2:16:12 PM

Hello Carl, I’m sorry to hear about your apricot! This pruning method is recommended by Dave Wilson Nursery (a nursery that grows on average 3 million bare root trees a year) and university sources such as UC Davis, perhaps there is another culprit? There are a variety of reasons a tree can die including dead on arrival (it happens and is covered by our guarantee if the tree never leafed out and you called by June 1st), overwatering, frost damage, and disease.

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