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Pruning

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Cider apple trees in freestanding central leader systems may be pruned somewhat less than trees grown for dessert fruit, but it is important to maintain sufficient light to the interior of the tree to produce annual fruit buds. Reduced pruning of cider trees may also reduce airflow into the tree canopy and thus could increase some fungal diseases. Finally, access to the trees by pickers and other workers may be difficult if trees are not adequately pruned on at least a biennial basis. While intensive pruning may be reduced somewhat in cider apple trees, trees that are ‘let go’ will decline in fruit production and quality in just a few years’ time.