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Anyone know anything about trimming them? 

 

We've inherited 3 and they're all massive, these are the 2 I'm worried about and want to cut but I understand that just steaming into them is a bad idea. We had about 4 apples last year, 1 pie's worth :no

 

Help!

 

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The old rule of thumb was that you should thin out apple trees such that a pigeon should be able to fly though it. 

 

No idea if that's right but I try to be fairly brutal otherwise you'll end up with lots of little/useless apples

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I know nothing about pruning them but don`t worry about the lack of apples. Our tree normally gives 50, this year only about 8 grew. The record rainfall stopped insects from pollinating them. Hopefully better next year....

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We had about 4 apples last year,

The Bulmers takeover is on ice then :)

I kind of agree with Bassa's thin it out comments - no expert but any pruning I've done, this is the time of year I've done it by.

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Our Ex neighbour pruned ours he was a lecturer at Writtle agricultural college. I know he pruned them back hard. 

 

We had 100's of apples last year. Bramley's and discoveries, different trees before any one asks!#

 

This is the RHS guide on it http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=90

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