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Maintaining a Balance Between the Top and the Bottom of Apple Trees

Regulation of vegetative growth in the tops of apple trees is one of the most important management activities. It can be a challenge in both dwarf and larger trees.    Allowing excessive growth in the upper canopy will result in shading in the lower portions of the canopy, reducing vegetative growth, flower bud formation, fruit set, fruit size, and fruit quality.

W. Autio & D. Greene
Last Updated: 
September 2012