Large cuts on Malus

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I was wondering if anyone has any advice on when is the best time of year for large cuts on a Crabapple?

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Jeff
 

John Ruger

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I've always waited until early spring.
 

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Here are some photos of the tree. It will also need a ground layer to correct some bad roots as well.
 

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I like your idea. That thing needs some movement. Some of thse branches are really straight too. Interesting piece. John Thompson has some nice ones in your area.
 

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Update

Here is the same tree after the truck chop last year and a repotting yesterday. Hopefully I'll still get some flowers and apples on it this Spring.
 

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Looking nice! But I only see a few fruiting spurs on your tree, so your only going to get a few flowers, and while you're growing branches I would at least thin the fruit, if not totally remove it.
 

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Looking nice! But I only see a few fruiting spurs on your tree, so your only going to get a few flowers, and while you're growing branches I would at least thin the fruit, if not totally remove it.

We had some really funky weather out here in November/December and the tree actually bloomed early on some branches. Hopefully that is not it for the year even though I pull the fruit before it gets too far into development, the flowers remind me of why I grow Crabs considering the constant spraying for fungal growth and pests.
 
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