Renovating Old, Abandoned Apple Trees
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North Central Regional Publication
Originally published by Michigan State University, this publication has been adapted for regional distribution
There is hope for old apple trees that have long been out of production. They can grow high-quality food for several years if structurally sound. Even unsound trees can be renovated, but they will not have a long life.
The primary tasks are to prune the tree back into manageability and then to incorporate a fertilization program. Procedures and timelines for pruning are in this brochure.