Monday, April 18, 2011
Pecan tree growth patterns
To prune this tree, I would cut out one of the two upright growing limbs. Leave the limb on the southern side if possible. The second limb I'd remove is the right-hand branch because of its narrow crotch angle. I'd leave the obviously, less-vigorous left-hand branch alone.
You can save a lot of pruning time by addressing this growth pattern early in the growing season. Once the new shoots have grown out about 6 inches, I prune the top to a single new shoot. The easiest way to do that is to locate the lowest shoot in the cluster of shoots and then cut off the stem just above that new shoot (see related post). This removes all the competing shoots above that point and you should be left with one 6 inch shoot that will grow to become your central leader.