it has been a very cold and snowy winter with the whole “polar vortex” aka winter hitting us pretty hard.
i’ve been busy with projects around the house, but cabin fever has me wanting to work outside. this last week we actually had weather above 20 degrees, and with little else to do outside, pruning the apricot seemed like a good plan.
many folks recommend pruning apricots into an “open vase” form, with an open center, unlike the “central leader” method recommended for apples and pears. i like the look of the “open vase” and find it easier to keep trees small. this apricot was in need of some pruning. it didn’t bear much fruit at all last year, and my hope is that with pruning, it will deliver a better yield.
this is our tree before, two main trunks, where there should be one, and a central leader form. first business was to dispatch one of the trunks, then cut the central leader back. once that was done i pruned for shape. its quite a bit smaller tree now. but i’m trying to keep it small so it won’t get in the way of the hoop house going up this summer. much more on that in the coming months.