Watershoots on Apple tree

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Watershoots on Apple tree
« on: January 10, 2018, 14:59 »
Hi everybody

I believe they are called Watershoots, the spindly vertical new growth that only bears foliage?

My 50yr old bramley tree has been neglected a bit previous to us moving in.

It needs a good tidy up and hopefully although we had too many apples last year to even give away to everybody, i feel the over crowded crown could benefit a prune and thus improve the apple quality also. 

Question, when is best to remove and do i remove them at the lowest visible point where they start?

Ive heard winter for pruning but have seen somewhere that watershoot removal should be a spring time job otherwise if done when dormant the tree will grow like crazy following a good prune.
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« Last Edit: January 10, 2018, 15:02 by Clarky86 »

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Re: Watershoots on Apple tree
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2018, 15:18 »
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